Thank You for the Birthday Wishes

Before I get into the time that I spent with my daughter, I want to thank all of my friends on Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace who wished me a Happy Birthday.  I’m privileged to have such awesomely-terrific friends!

As many of you know, over the summer my husband, son, and I moved to our farm in the Kentucky mountains.  You see, in April 2008, my husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was given 18 months at the very best.  We are a family of faith and rest on God’s promises.  For that, we have great peace and are taking a pro-active approach to a cure.  Because of the news that literally brought me to my knees, my husband made the decision that he wanted to spend his time on the farm.  How could I deny him of that?  So, without a second guess, I packed up everything (yes, even my 207 pairs of stilettos!) and we moved 722 miles away.  With this move, I left my daughters behind.

Leaving my daughters was the single most difficult decision that I had to make.  Brandi, my oldest baby girl, was on her own and Britni, my middle baby girl, was in her last years (Junior) of high school.  Moving them to a rural location was not even a question.  They are close to their dad and his family, so it made my decision a little easier (but only a little bit).  You see, I’m a touchy-feely mommy and like to know what’s going on in my kids’ lives.

This past Christmas was pretty hard, since it was the first Christmas without them.  It was a pretty weepy day for me.  However, I talk to my girls 100 times a day and text message even more than that.

So when Brandi said that she was coming up for my birthday, you would think that I won the Kentucky Lottery! I thought my heart was going to leap outside my chest in excitement.  I was counting down the days, the hours, the minutes, and the seconds for her arrival.  Finally, the day came and my baby girl was here!  Brandi, Vinnie (her boyfriend), and Juicy (my new grand-dog) was finally on the farm!  I had three (3) full days to spoil them!


Thursday night, January 22nd, I was afraid to go to sleep because I didn’t want to miss them coming up the long drive.  Plus, I was too excited to sleep.  All night, I was pacing the floors, calling the cell to check up on them, making various dips for snacks, etc.  I was so anxious for them to get here.  At 5:30 a.m. (Friday) I woke my baby boy to get ready for school.  Then at 6:20 a.m., I took him to the bus stop.  Brandi wasn’t here yet!

At 7:00 a.m., I heard “beep-beep”…my baby girl was here!  YAY!!  After driving all night, she and Vinnie were so tired.  They stayed up long enough to have a quick bite to eat and then they passed out for a few hours.  Honestly, I laid down too…I was pooped!  My grand-dog wasn’t too sure of me or my 65 pound black lab.

Around noon, the kids got up and Jules (they call him “Pop”) made lunch.  My dad and stepmom came down to visit and we spent the next few hours getting caught up on things.  I have to say, I really, REALLY like Vinnie.  This is the second time that I’ve met him, but the first time that I really got to know him.  He’s very good to my daughter, which is good because she can be a little high maintenance at times (obviously, gets that from her dad! Heehee!)

Later that afternoon, we decided to go hiking in the woods and cave exploring.  We really have some great places to see and explore in mine & my dad’s own backyard.  It’s amazing!  Okay, to be honest the hike kicked my butt!  Up and down the ‘hollers’ was intensive and proved that I’m out of shape.  Urg! We spent the evening watching movies and snacking on chips & dip.





Saturday morning (my birthday) we decided to go to Bowling Green to yet another cave.  This time an actual attraction.  After the cave, we shopped, ate, shopped some more, and…well…okay, we ate some more too!  Saturday night, we were in bed early.  Totally pooped from two days of strenuous activities.


Sunday, my parents took us to Lake Cumberland Lodge for dinner.  This place was gorgeous.  We had our meal overlooking this incredible lake.  The atmosphere was breathtaking, the food was delicious, and the company was priceless!



Sadly, before I knew it, it was Sunday night and my time with my girl was just about over.  I begged them to stay a few more days.  However, I knew they needed to return home and get back to their routine.  So, this morning came, we kissed and said our goodbyes, and I watched them leave.  I have to say, I was pretty weepy.

The last three days have been incredible.  Vinnie is a great guy and I’m thrilled that he is in my daughter’s life.  Juicy, my grand-dog (a min pin) is a hyper little thing (only 2 lbs) and hops around like a rabbit.  I completely fell in love with her and spoiled her every chance I got.  She loved “grand-mommy” because I would slip her bacon and sausage and chips and other goodies.  My daughter would kill me if she knew.  Hey, I’m grand-mommy…I’m allowed to do that!



Well, thank you for sharing this time with me.  I wish each of you were here to enjoy our time together.  Maybe next time!  Just be sure to bring your hiking boots.  🙂

Until next time…wear your heels well!




  1. What a beautiful storyteller you are. I enjoyed every bit of it. You are blessed in many ways and my heart is hopeful for your futures. Bless you all 🙂

    • Thank you, Sharon, for taking the time to leave a comment. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed my ramblings about my daughter. I’m awfully proud of her and will shout it from the mountain tops any opportunity I have. 🙂

      Thank you again!

  2. What a wonderful visit you had! I can only hope my 2 daughters are as excited to come visit me when they are grown.

    • Thank you, Christina, for your comment. I’m sure your daughters will be excited to come see you when they are grown. Just love on them and kiss on them when their little and they will long for those tender moments when they’re grown.

      My daughter is taller than me and is all grown up, but still loves for “mommy” to kiss her and rub her face while she’s going to sleep. It’s priceless!

      She even wanted me to sing to her to wake her up. She said that she misses that. Aww, I just beamed from ear to ear when I heard her say that. 🙂

      Enjoy your babies…no matter their ages!

  3. Glad you had such a wonderful birthday, Kelli! And I have to say that your daughter is just gorgeous!!!

    • Thank you, Tina! We did have such a wonderful time together. And, she is a pretty girl & a mama’s pride!

  4. Family time is the best ever. Love for your kids just grows and grows. Thank you for sharing!

    • Hey Tom,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog. You are so right when you said family time is the best ever. It certainly is!

      I hated to see her go back to Tampa, but looking forward to the next time she’s on the farm. Of course, she better be wearing her new Christian L. heels. LOL!

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