Happy 47th Birthday to me :)

So today was my 47th birthday. Seems like only last week it was my 40th birthday, I guess as you get older time passes by much more quickly?

Oh how I yearn for those lazy long days of summer from my youth.

Instead of celebrating my birthday here today, I would like to celebrate the three inspirational women who have had a major effect on my life.

My Mom, My Great Grandma, My Grandma(Nana) & of course me.

My Mom, My Great Grandma, My Grandma(Nana) & of course me.

My Mom is and always will be #1! She has been through everything from good times to bad with me, and has always been there for me. We have been through so many things, singing Christmas carols in the streets, fighting for the neighborhood we lived in, saving animals of all types, even almost getting arrested for painting an American Flag on city property.

There are just too many things and times to even try to capture in writing, it would take a book.

I am thankful that I still have my Mom with me today, and that I was able to have a nice quiet dinner with her, my Dad and my Children for my birthday, after all without her I would not even be celebrating a birthday.

My Grandmother(Nana) was such an inspiration to me, she showed me things, taught me things, had the patience of a saint and loved me with all her heart. I miss her so very much that it hurts at times, but I look back and think of all the good times we shared, the laughs we had and the feeling of trust that was never broken between us. She always saw the good in everything, never a bad word crossed her lips.

My Great Grandmother(Babci) whom I knew for such a short part of my life, but has left a life long impression on me. She would spend time with me as a very young boy and teach me how to count in Polish! I think the first time I ever felt the pain of love and loss was when she passed away. I wish I got to know her for a longer period of time, but I am happy to have the memories of her still with me till this day.

Thank you all for allowing me to celebrate the inspirational women in my life and my birthday with you.

So who do you remember most in your life? Who was most inspirational to you?

Feel free to give a nod to them in the comments below.