Saturday, April 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Janna!

Janna with her twins daughters
Lorelai and Genevieve

Today is my niece Janna's birthday.  Janna is my sister Rhonda's only daughter.  I've always had a special spot in my heart for this little niece of mine.  When I was 14 years old, I spent the summer with Rhonda and her family in Hudson's Hope, BC.  Janna was just a baby then and I remember thinking how much I loved her.  I would carry her around the whole time I was there.  She was cute, sweet, and Rhonda's first girl.  I wish I could find the picture that was taken of me holding Janna.  Honestly, my smile covered my entire face.  There was just something about her that I loved and still do.

My favorite memory of Janna is when I dropped her off at the MTC on her way to serve a mission for the LDS church.  There she was...this beautiful, blonde, 21 year old young woman amidst hundreds of 19 year old male missionaries.  She looked around at all of them and said (with the most hilarious look on her face) "Look at all of these 19 year old puke heads!"  That truly summed up the experience.

Janna is my only niece that followed my (and her mother's) footsteps and became a teacher.  She's smart.  She's funny.  She's sarcastic.  She's savvy.  I love that she keeps current with literature and the world yet remains so stalwart and true to her faith.  

She took her time to find the exact right spouse...whom I have NEVER met.  Apparently, he is NOT a "puke head".  

The Thorum's
(I need a bigger picture.  Janna, if you read this, send me a bigger one so people can see your handsome husband and lovely daughters!)

She has three beautiful daughters.  I love that.  Since she was raised with four brothers, it was only fair that she got girls.  Two of them are twins!  She has an Etsy shop where she sells homemade baby/children toys.  Her work is beautiful.  Check it out here.  She also has a blog for you to enjoy here.

Janna, your Auntie loves you.  I can't remember the last time I saw you in person, yet, I feel like I still know you.  Happy Birthday my dear.

Here's evidence of Janna's great example!
(This is one of my favorite pictures ever.)


Janna said...

Awww...Aunt Tami, I'm blushing. You've made this the best birthday ever!! I'm speechless...

emlizalmo said...

She sounds just wonderful! Twin girls are such a dream. You need to meet them! You would surely be their favorite. :)

Rhonda said...

I have the picture you talked about. I was sorting photos a few weeks ago. I will try to find it and post it for you.
I remember your trip to Hudson's Hope and 'Carrie" !! Janna was about 2 and Michael was a baby. You wrote a wonderful little poem for me. I will find that too. I always enjoyed reading it.

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