This is me!
I’m a wife, stepmom, NaNa, Pitbull lover, cousin, niece, sister and daughter in law, best friend and neighbor… I’m also everyone’s favorite Aunt Janet! I’m a Photographer! I love to shoot families, pets, births and beautiful vistas…(“shooting families…” just doesn’t sound right, but you know what I mean). I will jump at any opportunity to travel, meet new people and make beautiful art. All of this and a little sunshine makes me happy.... this is me... in a nutshell!
I'm all about my relationships. I know so well that through no fault of our own, relationships come and go. I know the value of the relationships I have each and every day. I've had and have many wonderful relationships that have changed over the years due to this thing called life. Today I focus on the relationships I have here and now.
Pitbull lover...yes, I'm a pit bull lover. I don't even know how that happened. Well I do and it's all my brother Andrew's fault. I love blaming things on him. It's not often I can do this given he passed away 8 years ago, but when I can, I do!
The day I bought my house, I was so excited because I could finally get a dog. I wanted a little Doxie so bad. Andrew knew this. One day he came home and announced that he found the "perfect dog" for me. He even put a deposit on her. He was sure she was the dog for me. Andrew was a "dog man" so I trusted him. A few days later we went to get her. She was a little black pit bull. What didn't he understand about I wanted a "little Doxie"? Well,let me tell you... I quickly fell in love with my Sadie girl. He was right, she was perfect for me. She was my soul dog. Sadie was with me through some of the worst days of my adult life. Then, at 13 years old, after getting me through those days, she joined Andrew and his pack. My Sadie girl was one of a kind. When she was gone, I knew I could never replace her... a few days later I saw "My Little Red Rose", Rosie.... she is no Sadie Girl, but she is a sweet, pretty, little lovable, licking pit bull. She's one of a kind. So much for Doxie's! Thanks to Andrew, I love, I mean LOVE my pit bulls!
I am a cousin and a niece. My parents left this world as we know it at a very early age, my brother and sister did the same, leaving me a sibling-less orphan. I am lucky to have grown up with a close extended family. Birthdays, holidays, Sundays and fishing days, to name a few were all spent with aunts, uncles and cousins. We have all moved to different corners of the country over the years, but thanks to Facebook, email, snap chat and so on, (as well as occasional cheap airfare) we have found ways to stay connected. These are the people who have known me all of my life and still love me! They are my roots. I need roots.
I am a sister and daughter in law. I have to say I have the best in laws anyone could ever want. They were another gift from my Jay Cruz. He brought me into the family and they welcomed me with open arms. My sister and mother in law are two of the strongest, kindest, most loving women I know. Knowing them, it's no wonder that Jay Cruz is Jay Cruz....so kind and loving. I married into an amazing family! Is that not the greatest thing?
I am a best friend and neighbor. I grew up in a place where you knew your neighbors. Kids played out front, we came home at night when the street lights went on. We didn't have TV's with 5000 channels, video games or texting. Life happened on the front stoop. We knew our neighbors.
When it came time to buy a house, I wanted a the neighborhood to be like where I grew up. I found my little place in the world and I think I hit the neighborhood lottery! My neighbors are the best. We all know each other, can count on each other and actually talk face to face now and again! It's a great place to live and I call it home.
Okay, then there is life as "Aunt Janet". I'm not sure if I am really everyone's "favorite Aunt Janet" but it sounds good if I do say so myself!
While we were still living with them they began to have children of their own. First Jason, then Kristen, Mark and Michael. I was their Aunt Janet!!! Wow!!! While I was, am their Aunt Janet, they have never called me that. They all always do introduced me however as their "Aunt Janet". While they don't call me aunt Janet, all their friends do. It is hilarious! I love when I'm in a store and I hear, "Hi Aunt Janet"! To this day, I'm known as Aunt Janet to many. So why not be everyone's favorite aunt Janet? It's a good thing to be. Aunts can be best friends, confidants, like a mom without the day to day responsibility. Aunts are loving and nurturing. Aunts are the best! I try to be the best Aunt Janet there is!
This is me and the roles I play...
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