“Say goodbye to drama, toxic people, and self-criticism. Say yes to more happiness, love in your life, and time with good friends.” ~ Unknown
Meet Steve and Anne Kiselewich. They joined the party back in November to welcome Grier Whitehouse to the horde. The same party when we also celebrated their son-in-law, Brett Bick’s, birthday who, of course, shared his cake and candles with his son, Jackson and wife Lisa. Steve is calm, quiet, and exquisitely kind. Anne is outgoing and I’m not sure she has ever met a stranger. She is the embodiment of happiness, and she shares that happiness every time I see her. I hope to follow her lead.
“Our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.”
~ Chuang Tzu
Pam and Joe Bick’s first born grandson Jackson did his best at the shower, but he was really just into sleep. Pictured here in the arms of his grandma Kiselewich, he was, of course, the hit of the party. He’ll be two years old soon. That’s hard to believe. I feel like he was just born. I’m grateful for every day of it.
“The bad news: nothing is permanent. The good news: nothing is permanent.”
~ Lolly Daskal
I’ve talked a lot about Cassie Bick Whitehouse, but I love her cousin Taylor Barnes-Gilbert (left) just as much. I’m proud of her for many, many reasons. She’s incredibly smart. She could have been anything she wanted, but she followed in her grandfather Yelton’s footsteps and chose law. She’s got a huge heart, too, as you can see in this picture with her youngest cousin, Sophie Duncan. She’s a hugger with everyone she loves.
At Cassie’s shower we all got a good look at Taylor’s tattoo she had inked when her father Craig fell ill with cancer last year. Both he and wife Kelly are big fans of The Boss (Bruce Springsteen). So, it seemed only fitting that Taylor used Springsteen lyrics to convey her feelings about what he endured.
One of the things I love about Taylor is her willingness to be silly. I can’t walk up behind just anybody and snap a picture like this. We had a good laugh because she’s willing to go with the flow. Not everyone will do that. Her brother, Connor, is similar. The two are cut ups, which I find very refreshing. When they’re with their cousins (Kathleen Murphy and Sophie Duncan below with Connor’s girlfriend Corinne Elizabeth) they’re especially sweet. I love Taylor a little more every time I see her, and that’s not nearly enough.