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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 189 :: trust the belly laughs

8 Jul


My sides hurt from laughing. It may be the most beautiful feeling in the world, laughter. The kind that makes your belly hurt. It hurts so good.

Tonight it came at the hand of cards, a few margaritas and some music. It’s our last night of Jaynane’s visit and it has been a fun visit, so what better way to celebrate a last hurrah than with love and laughter?  

Sometimes the best games to play are the ones that make us laugh, with each other. If there’s anything I trust, it is the best medicine of a belly laugh. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 318 :: joy is our first guest

16 Nov

{jaynane is here} 

Tonight we celebrate Jaynane – our first guest! And number one mama. We picked her up at Logan airport and are so excited to share her with the East Coast. 

While it’s hard to live so far away but the distance brings the joy of reunion.  There is much joy in that… being apart brings you closer together. 

Here’s to the joy of the holidays, family and reunions! 

More tomorrow… 


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Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 208 :: happy birthday

27 Jul

I’ve been thinking a lot about birthdays – and newness. Partly because this surgery journey is winding down, partly because of the book I’m reading, and mostly because of my mamas.

Tomorrow is my mother’s birthday. Off the top of my head I have no idea how old she would be, and honestly, I don’t want to figure it out. She is timeless in my heart. A few wrinkles sure. But an angelic face and beaming smile will always be my memory of my Mama Sling. Forever youthful. Forever my loving, doting, silly and serious mother.

Today is Jaynane’s birthday. My other mama. She was Mama Sling’s bestie and they shared more than laughs, golf outings, recipes, and good times. They shared so much life together, including their teenage children’s love for each other.

Mama Sling left me to this world a long time ago. And, sometimes, I wonder if she was able to move on because she knew Jaynane would be there to pick up right where she left off. And she has. Which makes me feel so lucky and loved.

I think birthdays are good reminders of life, where we’ve been and what’s next to come. A moment to pause, if you will, to enjoy some simple beauty, whether it’s a big party or a little card. It is a time to celebrate.

Happy Birthday Jaynane. Happy Birthday Mama Sling.
As I celebrate my mamas, I also celebrate my new “girls” my new implants, my new lease on life. Let the party begin.

More tomorrow.


{what can you celebrate?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 130 :: to all the moms

11 May

Happy Mother’s Day! To all the mommies, mammas, mothers and mama mias.

While right now I am just a mommy to four-legged kids, I couldn’t be more lucky with the moms I’ve shared in my life.

It’s been almost fifteen years without my own mom in my life. But Mama Sling left a shining example on my heart and in my life. And it couldn’t be more beautiful since the “mom” in my life now was her best friend then.

And today I was blessed to share Mother’s Day with Jaynane.

We toured the local vineyards and tasted the local wine. As we sat in adirondack chairs, soaking in the sunshine, sipping Syrah, and starring at the Applegate Valley, I couldn’t help but wonder if my own mother was looking down upon us.

There are some things that a mother always leaves with you, even when she is no longer psychically around. Sometimes it’s a song, a saying, a recipe, a reminder, a photo album, a baby book, a diary or a love letter.

Even though Mama Sling will always be with me, in my heart and in the shining rays of light that bounce of the beautiful moments of my life, she also left me something else.  Her best friend. And I couldn’t feel luckier.

Moms love.
Love moms.

More tomorrow.

{happy mother’s day}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 190 :: thank you jaynane

9 Jul


SO…. Tonight I reveal who received yesterday’s card. 
And I will share some stats about today’s card too.First of all…. this just in.
YOU CAN DO ANYTHING.I am more and more excited about this idea by the day.  YOU can DO anything.

Anything you put your mind to that is.

So what is it that you want? To do? By when?
Feel free to join all of us over here at The Promise Daily and share.

Yesterday I kicked off a new challenge, namely, saying thank you. 

My plan is to write a card (by hand, yes… that means pen and paper) each and every day until my upcoming surgery.

Maybe it’s the impending surgery infecting my brain, but I’m just feeling thankful. Super, duper thankful. 

(By the way, my ex-prior-relationship-from-days-gone-by always told me to never say the word “super” — he thought it sounded trivial and juvenile and not appropriate for a grown woman. Of course, to that, I say SUPER!! anyway.)

Anyhoo… I owe you my secret from yesterday. 
I sent the most loving card I could find to someone very special yesterday. She was my nurse 20 years ago and she will be by my side next month for my next surgery.

She is Justin’s mother. 
But, she is so much more than that to me.

She was Mama Sling’s best friend. 
And she has always been like a mother to me.

Thank you, Jaynane. For being here for me, in SO MANY WAYS throughout the years, in the ups and downs, the surgeries and the treatments, the good times and the bad — always with a smile on your face and a SUPER DUPER resolve that cannot be broken.

You are the wind beneath my wings — and the only nurse who could ever get my veins to play nicely on a blood draw.

I am grateful, thankful, and your biggest fan. 

Now… for tomorrow.
I will reveal who today’s card went to. She is:

  • talented
  • fun
  • brilliant
  • artistic
  • a dog lover
  • living on the east coast
More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
{who can you thank today?}

Day 208: f*ing friday :: forever friends

27 Jul

Today continues the weekly series, F*ing Fridays, which will coincidentally occur on Friday. In Year One, I mentioned some of my favorite F words back on Day 5, including: Fearless, Fabulous, Fine, Fun, Faith, Freedom, Forgiveness, to name a Few.

Last week I dove into the word Firing

Today’s F*ing Friday is dedicated to the word:
Forever Friends

As in, mom.

Today is a very special woman’s birthday. So is tomorrow.

I suppose we could make the case that every day is a special woman’s birthday, right?  Sure.

But tomorrow is the day I celebrate a very powerful force in my life — my dear Mama Sling.  And, today, is the birthday of her best friend, Jaynane.

Jaynane also happens to be Justin’s mother.
And, a grandmother to two little girls.
She is also a niece.
And, a sister.

What I love most?  
She is like a second mother to me.

There are so many times when I reach for the phone to call my mother.  It doesn’t happen as much as it did, especially right after Mama Sling died, but every now and then I do it.

There are the bad days, when I am broken down, sobbing or fighting back tears, and just want to hear the voice of the woman who loved me most.

There are the days when I am beaming with pride, with good news, the latest developments of my life and times and the swirling sweet success of the moment.  From remembering to pick up the dry cleaning to winning awards.

And, then, there are the most mundane updates to share with someone who would understand the significance behind the mail, the dogs, the weather forecast and what’s for dinner.  Someone who gets the most minor detail of it all — that important stuff we call “life.”

The kind of stuff Mama Sling would giggle at and gobble up, in an only-my-mom-cares-sort-of-way.

Except there is someone else on this earth who gets it too.
Happy Birthday Jaynane. 

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