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My Guardian Angel

I have no doubt in my mind that my Aunt Debbie is my guardian angel. A year ago today, my aunt passed away unexpectedly, and it devastated my family.  I remember exactly where I was when my sister called me. I immediately just cried, and all I could think about were my cousins, my mother, my uncle Don, and my grandpa. My cousins lost their mother, my mother-her sister, my uncle-his wife, and my papa-his daughter. It was a wave of emotions I had never felt. I was so overwhelmed and my mind immediately went back to the last conversation I had with her. She had called to congratulate me on my engagement. She was so happy for me, and we talked for over an hour. She was so excited to make my wedding cake (she makes the BEST cakes ever!).  My Aunt Debbie and I were always very close. She was an adpi (along with all of my aunts!) and Debbie and I just clicked. She taught me everything I know about hair, and once even gave me a rockin’ upside down french braid (yes, this is possible) circa 1997. I also like to credit my Aunt Debbie for my love of pugs, and Louis Vuitton. She always made me smile, and I always looked forward to seeing her. I have told you all before (here) that she comes to me a lot in my dreams, and it is really the coolest thing. I know that her three children, and her husband miss her everyday. 

Ginny, JD, and Lucy, Debbie’s beautiful children!
Debbie, and Lucy at Lucy’s wedding. I love this picture. 
My two beautiful cousins, who mean the world to me! And their pug children of course. 
Aunt Debbie, I just want you to know how much you are missed and loved. Thank you for your girls, they are so precious to me, and I am keeping an eye out for both of them. Please continue to guide me, and fill me in on little secrets about life. I miss you all the time, and know that you are watching down on us everyday. 
Lucy, Ginny, and JD- I am so thankful that God gave me you three as cousins. I am always here whenever you need anything. I love you!!
“For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down, we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands” 2 Corinthians 5:1

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  1. Ashley says:

    what a sweet post.

  2. Emily says:

    you look SO much like her in that first picture its unreal. she sounds like a wonderful person

  3. Ainslee says:

    ‎"And sometimes if you're lonely just remember she can see, There's holes in the floor of Heaven and she's watchin' over you"

    I am a new follower and have never commented before , but when my friend past away I referred back to this quote a lot. It always made me smile so I thought I would pass it along to you.

    Love, Ainslee

  4. great post girl. you really seem to love her 🙂


  5. Kerr says:

    what a gorgeous family. thinking about you and your family today.

  6. Katie says:

    You do look just like her in that 1st picture. She is very beautiful and I'm SURE she is still teaching you many things from up in Heaven 🙂 xoxo<3

  7. MJ says:

    What a wonderful post…you truly have a guardian angel looking down on you every day.

  8. Mandy says:

    You look so much like her! She sounds like a wonderful woman. You'll be in my thoughts!

  9. What a beautiful post! You look so much like her in that first photo!!

  10. Carrie says:

    Wow, she was beautiful, and you look just like her! I'll say a prayer for you and the family today. What a beautiful post. I'm sure she was just as blessed by you as you were by her!

  11. JMB says:

    Beautifully written. She was/is gorrgeous. (2 r's not just 1). She sounds like a very special/amazing lady loved by a biiiiggg family of love. Thinking of you all.

  12. Lyndsay says:

    That was a beautiful post. She sounds like an amazing woman.

  13. What a beautiful post!

    It sounds like she was a remarkable woman!

  14. Ally says:

    She sounds like she was a fun and gorgeous woman!

  15. Aww what a sweet post. I'm sorry for your loss. It's so wonderful that you two were so close. I was never close to any of my aunts. I'm sure she is watching over you.

    XO, Katie
    Running on Happiness

  16. Michelle says:

    aww what a sweet post! I'm sure she is your angel in heaven watching over you!

  17. What a sweet post. I'm all teary over here!! I'm so sorry for your loss, but, what a blessing that you all are so close and you have such a wonderful family.


  18. Sole Matters says:

    what a sweet post. thinking of you and your fam today!

  19. I am so sorry for your loss, Allison. I am happy that you are close with your cousins & they know that you are here to support them. 🙂

  20. S says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I love that verse you posted.

  21. Mere says:

    So sorry about your loss a year ago, but continue to stay strong! 🙂 That was such a sweet post

  22. Mighty Burns says:

    thats a really nice post. I am sorry for your loss and the loss your other family members have as well. Your so right the dynamic is so different for each family member. You all sound close though, and very loveing, which is the best enviroment for any family and for when your dealing with something difficult. Your family is beautiful! Thanks for shareing 🙂

  23. What a small blog world. I grew up with Lucy and was lucky enough to know Debbie. She was such an amazing,kind, talented, and beautiful woman (inside and out). This was such a sweet post, you have a very lovely guardian angel!

  24. Rissy says:

    awww that post made me tear up a little… I wish I wasn't such a sappy mess.

    I'm sure she is looking over you : )

  25. * Jessica * says:

    She sounds like she was an amazing woman. It always seems like the best ones are taken away from us too quickly doesn't it? Continue to be close to your cousins…they'll appreciate the support more than they'll ever be able to say. Thinking of you and your family today and sending big hugs. How fortunate you are to have such a perfect guardian angel watching over you!

  26. Day Old News says:

    Such a beautiful post and your cousins are indeed gorgeous. Hope you are feeling happy today remembering her!

  27. mFw says:

    Such a sweet post!!! You must miss your precious aunt! One of my aunts died when I was three so I never really knew her but apparently I was the most like her!

  28. "Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones shines down to let us know they are with us"

    Losing a loved one is never easy…

    The only thing that might make it a littl easier is knowing they will be by your side everyday for the rest of your life.

  29. been reading for a little while now.. never commented before. This post meant a lot to me (shaking as I type this..).. I believe wholeheartedly in guardian angels. My grandpa passed away today. A few hours ago actually. I credit him for a lot of what I am today, the career path I've chosen, and what I aspire to be. I wish I would've been closer with him through the years, as you were with your aunt. Unfortunate that we now have this in common.. but today will always be a reflective one for me as well now. Thinking of you.


  30. Abby says:

    What a lovely tribute. I know your aunt is smiling down upon your right now 🙂

  31. Brown Girl says:

    You're so sweet, I have tons of cousins, I wish I was closer to them!

  32. Lindsay says:

    Wow you resemble her so much, such a touching post 🙂

  33. Shasta Anne says:

    Sweet girl I am so sorry for your loss. People would always tell me that grief gets better with time, but what I have learned is that it doesn't get easier, we just learn to live with the loss all while still grieving and missing those we love. We honor them by carrying on their traditions, keeping their memory alive (just as you are doing for your Aunt) and by living our lives with honor and grace. Your post is absolutely lovely, your love for this incredible woman shines through.

  34. Jamie says:

    What a sweet post! Your aunt was a beautiful woman…y'all look a lot alike in that first picture!

  35. Marla says:

    I love your obsession with pugs! We have a little pug son named Ringo, my mom has a little diva pug like Sadie named Star! I love all the pictures!

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