Monday, February 6, 2012

My Aunt is turning 80

My Aunt Wanda...
the oldest of 10 children...
turns 80 today....
When I was a little girl I would spent 2 or 3 weeks in the summer at my Aunt Wanda's house. We did many things like go swimming or for ice cream but, the one thing I remember the most is the time we went to a donkey ballgame. If you don't know what this is it is a baseball game where the players all are on a donkey and you had to get the donkey to go the bases when you hit the ball. You have to know this was out of control funny I never laughed so hard I my life. It was more fun than you can imagine. I still think about it now and when. That was good times. Always had fun at Aunt Wanda's house. Happy Birthday Aunt Wanda we love you and have a great day.
Donna


Her family calls her Meme...
Meme is one of the most incredible, giving, caring individuals that I have ever known - and I believe the entire family could back that up. She has a wonderful little “place of her own,” and we have the fortune of having her be a more-active part of our immediate family.
I know she wishes she were closer to all of her family - sisters, brothers, Larry, grandkids and great-grands; but it makes Leslie & I very happy to know she is comfortable, happy, and enjoying a good life. She loves our dogs, too; but you wouldn’t expect anything less.
The stories are far too many to even begin, but it is a pleasure and a privilege to have her here, and have her involved with our now-grown kids, especially with the birth of our first grandchild.

She still loves to work, and she loves to stay busy. She stays very busy at church, serving on the flower committee, and volunteering in the church nursery (not surprised, are you?). She loves to do outside work - weeding the flower beds, planting & watering & giving us a “green thumb” look. She still has it!
And as far as that work, well … Meme can work circles around us. She does not seem to have an “off” switch - hoeing, raking, picking up loose limbs, branches, etc. And the flower beds always look so beautiful. It’s hard to believe she’s about to be … well, you know! She is a daily reminder of what family is all about, and we are blessed beyond measure to have her live with us.
Happy Birthday, Meme!



As I reminisce about my sister Wanda, one thing that really stands out strong in my fond memories of her is quilts. Such sweet thoughts of her and my Mom sitting in Mom's sun room talking quietly, making tinny stitches in beautiful quilts. They would stop for lunch, most likely soup and hot tea. It just makes you wonder about the wonderful conversations they had doing their stitching's. Wanda was always so attentive of Mom, which I am so thankful. Another thing that stands out strong is she is such a tidy person, everything has a place and seems as though it stays there. Over the last few years we have had some great conversations, not sure which one of us talks the most. Wanda, thanks for being my sister and the long talks we have. A most Happy Birthday to you. May the peace and joy of life settle on you as you celebrate this day of you birth. Love You much, Judy
As a young married, we would visit Dub and Wanda.
She always seem to have a chocolate pie in the fridge.
ummm...Love you, Dorothy


 Aunt Wanda...thank you for taking such good care of my Nana...
you were a blessing to her...
You have always had a big responsibility being the oldest...
you always do the best you could to keep your family
in line...not always a easy task with that bunch..(LOL)
you were a school teacher from your head to your toes..
teaching...leading by example...to this day....
I feel privileged to have you as my Aunt...
Happy 80th...
Deb...



12 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

this was very sweet, deb. happy 80th to your sweet, go-getter aunt! :)

TexWisGirl said...

this was very sweet, deb. happy 80th to your sweet, go-getter aunt! :)

Mumsy and Furkids said...

Happy Birthday to your Aunt Wanda sweet Deb. Hugs

Michelle said...

Aunt Wanda sounds like a very special person, indeed. Happy Birthday to her.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Happy Birthday Aunt Wanda!

Michaele said...

I love how this was written. I am sure she will too!

Flora said...

What a milestone!!

Jeanie said...

It is very clear how special your Aunt Wanda is to you and your whole family. What a wonderful tribute to her. I have an aunt much like Wanda who is now 94 and still always on the go....a great example of how we all want to age.
Happy birthday to your special aunt.

Laura said...

Deb- this is just wonderful.

My mother's name was Wanda and she was feisty too.

Enjoy every moment.

Laura
White Spray Paint

Marie said...

What a sweet tribute to a wonderful lady! Happy Birthday to her! It looks like she is well-loved by all of the family! I loved the quilting story (as a quilter, of course!) May she have many more!

Dolores said...

Everyone should have an aunt Wanda. She sounds wonderful!
Happy birthday aunt Wanda

Sandra said...

a lot of great memories here, tell her happy birthday from Florida. my dad's sister was like a second mom to me, she was wonderful to. i would so love to watch a donkey game.