August 19th, 2013:
Hello everyone. I would just like to take the time out to personally thank everyone who came out to my profile today to wish me well on my 24th birthday yesterday. With everything that's been going on the past few months (just have a look at my previous journal in case you wanted an update on what's been going on), I didn't want to draw attention to my birthday or to myself this year via a journal like I had in years past. However, many of my wonderful friends came out in droves anyway to do just that: wish me a Happy Birthday. Some of you even made me gifts which I honestly was not expecting (looking at you,
) but it really helped to brighten up my day all the more. Having all of you as friends is more than enough of a gift, but the fact you guys took time out of your own day to wish me a Happy Birthday and even went out of your way to make me a little something for those that did is just beyond heartwarming. As I've always had pointed out at the bottom of my journals, "without you guys, I definitely wouldn't be here right now." And it's the truth...because it's my family and friends that keep me going each day and give me a reason to keep on living. Life just wouldn't be the same without such wonderful people in it. So, just wanted to take the time out and thank you all for making my day really special.
My birthday won't ever be the same, but it was a good day nonetheless...if not bittersweet, due to the fact that I could not celebrate it with my mom being here in person...and also because yesterday night we lost my dad's cousin to cancer. He had been fighting the good fight for awhile but in the end...and I had hoped that throughout all of this ordeal he might be the one to make it out alive but...God had other plans, I suppose. I had been praying for him before I went to sleep even before I got the news later in the day yesterday, so...I just hope that he was able to receive them where he is now, up in Heaven. He was always the life of a party, making others laugh and pulling practical jokes. He even came out of the hospital one day from his own treatments to visit with us at my mom's bedside when she was still in the hospital, and after all the events that took place afterwards he even sent us a video via his own hospital bed apologizing for not being able to be with us there and sending his own sympathies for our loss. So in a way...losing him now just adds to the pain we've already been experiencing. Just taking a bit of comfort and solace knowing that he's free now and he's with God, being the life of the party up there and probably making my mom laugh alongside him.
...In any case, I'm probably going to push this journal out of the way soon enough, but I just wanted to say thank you to everyone. Really means a lot to me.
Thank you for reading and peace.
And thanks for all the page views and favorites and comments! Without you guys, I definitely wouldn't be here right now.
I really appreciate all your support!Friends