The Best of Friends

I am pretty sure I have the best friends in the world. Over the last eighteen months, they have supported me, loved me and kept me sane. When I need a shoulder to cry on, they’re there. When I need to vent, they’re there. And when I run races in Brienna’s memory, they either run with me or come and cheer me on. This past weekend, some of my friends raced in Brienna’s memory on their own. Jamie and Pete biked over 150 miles in the MS Challenge in Brienna’s memory. They had asked me two months ago if it would be ok … I immediately started crying because it was more than ok … it was beyond touching and made me so happy.


Andrea ran a half marathon yesterday in Brienna’s memory … she had wanted to run with us in March, but got injured and wasn’t able to. She was there to cheer us on, but because she had promised Brienna she would run, she made sure she did.

BMM My friends and I don’t get to watch Brienna grow up. I can’t send them pictures of the cute thing she just did, they can’t call or come over to see how big she’s getting and how adorable she is … so for them to remember her, love her and honor her memory like they do means the world to me. I am so proud of Brienna for inspiring people and so proud of my friends for taking the time to do amazing things in her memory.

A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.
– Elbert Hubbard.

Happy Birthday Sweet Angel …

There are no words for today … that it has been a year since we last held our sweet Brienna Marie breaks my heart and fills me with such a longing to see her again.  I would give anything to turn back the clock one year.  If only that were possible …


Brienna Marie,

We love you and miss you more than words can describe.  Not a day goes by that we don’t long for you and wish that we could all be together.  Thank you for so profoundly changing our lives.  We are better people because of you and are honored to be your parents.  Happy 1st Birthday, sweet angel.

Mom and Dad

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal” -Irish Headstone