My transition from cluttered to simple living.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mandi!

My "baby" has just turned 25. She is bemoaning that fact, and I have to admit that I have little sympathy for her. (Wait till she passes 50!)

I have decided that I want to take a minute to introduce some of the people that are responsible for a few of my grey hairs in the next few blog posts. Just kidding!!! What I really want to do is to introduce you to my children, and their spouses.. After all, my family enriches my life in so many ways. I love them and I am proud beyond measure, of every one of them.

So... This is Mandy. She is my youngest child and only girl. (I am also proud to say that I have a wonderful step daughter who I will introduce at a later date.)

Mandy has recently finished schooling and is now working with autistic children. This was her calling. She has always drooled over babies, and has enjoyed working with young children. (The baby in the picture is her newest niece..."Delia".) To get to where she is now, she studied and was awarded her E.C.E. She then went on to University and got her BA in Child and Family Studies. After many years of study, she decided to work with young Autistic children. Mandy is a talented girl. She is compassionate and caring.

Mandy has many friends but her "best" friend is her partner Jamie. The picture below was taken two years ago. Since then, Jamie has become a "Class A Mechanic" and he and Many are now engaged. I could not ask for a better partner for Mandy. He treats her well. She treats him well. They are ambitious... and fun to be around. At present, they are renovating their home with the intention of selling one day. They are doing this on their own....and doing a fine job.

So... now you know a little about Mandy, and what makes her such a special gal.

Stay tuned for the rest of the story.

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  1. Wendy, for some reason I thought you were younger, in your twenties yourself! Just goes to show what you think of people when you have never actually met them. I have several people I follow, and you are one I really enjoy reading about, so thank you for introducing me to Mandy. Hi, Mandy, I'm DJan. You sound like a really interesting person!

  2. Wendy, my dear, I also just wanted to let you know just how much I enjoy reading your blog. I find you inspirational and I truly love your view on the world.
    I am so blessed to know you, and your family. Today is Mandi's birthday, and I just wanted express to you just how wonderful she is. She is truly my best friend, and means the world to me. I feel like we have a connection way beyond friendship, we truly are sisters (and possibly twins at that!) I love Mandi's passion for life, and the way she appreciates each day for all of its beauty. She is an amazing friend that would go any distance to help others. I know these are virtues that she has learned from you.
    I miss you and I hope to see you soon!
    Keep blogging, we love it!

    Much love,

  3. Aww thanks for the post Mom! I am the person I am today, because of you! You are an amazing mother and I just hope one day I can be the kind of mom you have been to me. I often worry that I wont be able to raise children as amazingly as you have, but thank goodness they will have a Nana to help guide their way too!!
    Katherine, thank you for your kind words, we are best friends because we are so much alike!! You are such an amazing person yourself with a kind heart! I am lucky to have you in my life!!


  4. Wendy, thank you for introducing us to your daughter, she is lovely and the work she does with the children is amazing, we need more people like your wonderful Mandy in this world sound like a proud Mom and you should be. Looking forward to meeting the rest of your family.......:-) Hugs

  5. Hi Everyone!

    DJan... My twenties have long since passed. Thank you for the compliment! Did I tell you that my dad is your biggest fan? (I like you, too!)

    Katherine... Thank you for visiting! I miss you, too. We have to get together for candle making one of these days!

    Mandy.... I am looking forward to the day when you have children. You will be a great mommy.

    Hi Bernie! Thank you for commenting. I do not know how Mandy copes with some of the behaviours that she encounters. I would have trouble with that! I am glad that she is happy in her work!