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Friday, April 30, 2010

Happy Birthday to my Sister!

Today is my beautiful sister's 70th birthday.  Let me just say here, she is an awesome person.  I've mentioned this on an earlier post, so some of you may think it sounds familiar.   But for the benefit of anyone who didn't read that earlier post here goes:

Jeannine was the 6th of 7 children (I'm number 7, so she'll always be older than I am!) and was a real cutie as a toddler as the photo below of her and our brother Larry will attest.

She caught the eye of a military man while he was homeon leave, when she was only about 14 and he was 21.  He decided then and there that this was the girl he wanted to marry--without ever even having spoken to her.  When she was 18 and he was 25, he asked her out.  I guess she thought he was pretty cute, too, because they were married about a year later.

They built a life together that included seven kids of their own.  They "matured" together; I could never say they grew old together...they stayed young and in love together!

They were married for  48  years and still would be today, had her husband Armand not been taken seriously ill and passed away a couple of years ago.  Their love, their marriage, and their family are an inspiration to me.  They raised such wonderful, caring children who now have families of their own.

So, today, Jeannine is 70 years young, and her energy, humor, and spirit are still an inspiration.

We are celebrating her birthday Tuesday in a very special way, lovingly planned by her children.  I will share the details of that celebration in words and pictures on one of my posts next week!

It will be the last time I share with her for a while, because she recently sent me this email of her plans.



I want to let you know that this will be my last e-mail for a while. Life is getting shorter and shorter every day, and I want to take time to see this great country of ours. So...I bought a motor cycle, going to quit e-mailing jokes and travel full time with a biker gang to see the country and enjoy life while I still can. Don't worry about me - they all seem like really nice people!

Photo of the gang ...

AND NO, YOU CAN'T COME!!!!!

In response, I say, "Ride on, Sis!  Go for the Gusto!  Or at least the 3rd one from the left!  They don't appear concerned that you've logged more mileage than their bikes!  I can just hear that Harley engine revving up now........................

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31 comments:

rose said...

Enjoyed your post about your sister.Happy birthday. The guys look good enough to go on a road trip.

Steven Anthony said...

so the sense of humor is a family thing I see..lol

Happy bday to your wonderful sister;)

Bossy Betty said...

Loved ALL of this!!! What a great tribute to your sister!

Kristina P. said...

Happy birthday to your cute sister!

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

LOL! Well, she sure looks great! Happy Birthday to sis.

Brian Miller said...

haha...hapy birthday to your sister! have a wonderful friday! it is never too late. smiles.

Jen said...

Thank you, EVA, what a wonderful blog todayLOVE YOU, SIS. and thanks to all you bloggers for the birthday wishes.

On a serious note, it is never to late.....untill it is!!
Enjoy every moment of each day....and don't sweat the small stuff!!!!
Thanks again, and love to all

From the Kitchen said...

I very much enjoyed your post today with it's love for your sister and the great humor between you. I'm all for that "ride on" spirit!

Best,
Bonnie

5thsister said...

Funny! Can I run away with that biker gang, too?

Happy birthday Jeanine...hope it is a terrific all about you day!

Robin said...

Happy Birthday to your sis...what a trip she has planned..Im jealous..!

DJan said...

What a wonderful birthday celebration she will have! I look forward to the pictures and the story and, as Steven said, I see that your brand of humor is contagious! Many happy returns of the day to your beautiful sister.

Blissful Babe said...

Happy Birthday to your sister!

Happy Friday Follow!
Have a most Blissful weekend!

Yummy Mummy said...

Happy Birthday to your sister! She sounds like an amazing woman :)

Stopping by from SITS to say hi!

Everyday Goddess said...

Maybe she'll let me go along?

Please?

R.J. said...

Is your sister a member of dateacougar.com? She's very daring. Love the pics of the abs. What a good looking biker gang! Happy birthday to sis.

Hillbilly Duhn said...

LOL! Loved this. Happy birthday to your sister. Sounds like a great family you have!

Debbie said...

What a great little sistah you are!! Happy birthday sis! Maybe you and your sister could tour the country together on matching pink harleys?? Wouldn't that be a riot? Don't forget the toy run in September!

Stuff could always be worse said...

Love your post about your sister, love your blog also. From Friday Follows
kim

lakeviewer said...

You and your sister are two of a kind, funny, smart, and with it! Love hearing that age has not dampened her ambitions.
Thanks for your visits, Eva. I truly appreciate your constant companionship.

septembermom said...

What a nice post about your sister. Hope she had a wonderful birthday!!

Eva, as you may remember, I'm the "depot person" for Glenn over at Differences with the Same Likeness. You added a wonderful contribution to Glenn's story plot. Please feel free to send me a note with your address at septemberkel@yahoo.com. Glenn would like to send you a little gift through me. Thanks!

The Vegetable Assassin said...

Happy birthday Jeannine! That was a lovely story. My heart is sort of achey now too. I can't think of a worse pain than losing the love of your whole life. I'm happy she has all her kids and you guys around to keep her spirits up. She sounds awesome and ready to take on the 70s in style.

PS Her "gang" isn't bad either! :)

Danica-Dragonfly said...

Wow ... your sissy is HAWT!

What a touching story, really ... in so many ways ... touching ... the third one from the left ... humina humina

Happy Birthday Jeannine!!

Jake said...

Happy birthday to your sister, she looks wonderful!

For a second there I thought you were serious about running away!!
I was going to say take me with you!

Jackie

Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

It's genetic! I've been trying to figure it out - now I know where it comes from!
Susan

Eva Gallant said...

Debbie: You didn't read her email closely...she won't let me come with her..she wants those hunks all to herself!

Blissful: Thanks from my sister, and thanks for visiting!

Bonnie(fromkitchen): Thanks for the kind comments!

Jen: Happy Birthday, Sis. Looking forward to Tuesday!

rose: I agree...them's some hunky looking dudes!

Steven: You're right; seems I come by that sense of humor honestly!

Unknown Mami said...

Happy Birthday to your sister! You guys are awesome. And yes to the third one from the left.

Cougar Tales said...

This is a great post! I love your sister's love story too...how sweet.

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

And folks wonder why I still ride?

Tam said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful sister! Great post!

K A B L O O E Y said...

Oops, sorry this is a belated Happy Birthday wish, but had to say you brought a big smile to my face. I hope your sister (still a cutie, btw) had a great birthday. And I'm wondering, does everyone in your family share the great spirit and sense of humor evidenced by you two? And can you guys adopt me?

Marla said...

Oh, you two are definately sisters. Love it!

Happy birthday to your biker babe sister!