for Cyndee.

you have taught me that a giggle can wash away a bad day in only seconds,
that a positive attitude can change the path of the world.

toyacyndee (1 of 1)-2

me-cyndee-megan

looking at you and Al, i know that soul mates exist and true love goes on forever.

cynal

i have watched you love on my children since the day they were born, and they know that you are made of awesome.

cyndee-ave

cyndee-kane

we have loved your fun ideas, crafts, treats, and goodies. i only wish i inherited that talent. i may or may not be drooling just thinking of your hot pickle mix.

i have learned that cookies and cream liquor + butterscotch schnapps is pretty damn delicious. {after i was of legal drinking age, of course. cough.} trick-or-treating at your house was always the best because you didn’t forget about us big kids.

but if you drink too much, you run a risk of waking up feeling not-so-hot from the bad shrimp. {damn shrimp}

My Favorite Girls

and that a four-wheeler ride is so much better if you find puddles and mud. the bigger the puddle, the better.

i can’t tell you how much i am going to miss our bunkhouse days. those are my most favorite days. ever. the r bar is just not going to be the same without you.

Bunkhouse

alpertfamily1

your strength was amazing. inspiring. and you kept your Krank stubbornness until the very end. {i do believe i did get that trait}

cyndee-grandpa

your sunshine will live on.

sunflare

you were loved.
you are loved.
you will {always} be loved.

yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery,
but today is a gift.

  • http://www.thekrumwiedesix.blogspot.com/ Kristin__OneCrazyMamaof4

    I am so very sorry for your family’s loss …. She was an amazing woman and we are all better for having been blessed to meet her….

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of sorrow for your family

  • http://www.traveling-well.com Karena @ Traveling Well

    She sounds like a wonderful person, so glad you have so many good memories. Keep them close.

  • http://twitter.com/girlsworld Kirsten

    ((hugs)) to you and your family who will undoubtedly achingly miss her for a many years to come.

  • Anonymous

    What a beautiful tribute to your aunt. I know you will miss her greatly but the memories will always be there. Hugs and prayers coming your way today!!

  • Megan

    Love. All I have to say it, we are lucky.

  • http://thesassymama.blogspot.com Heather

    This is breathtaking. Love you. Hope that all the happy memories ease your pain.

  • http://twitter.com/gettinfitbritt Brittany

    Love.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jendoula Jen Polk

    Heard many stories about Aunt Cyndee, and although I never met her, this tribute is beautiful; my heart aches and my eyes leak for your wonderful auntie. She truly was amazing, and provided so much hope to us when my dad and father-in-law were fighting this horrific battle too. May her spirit live on in her nieces (a couple of my BFFs!). Love you!

  • Anonymous

    ((hugs)) What a beautiful testiment to your aunt. You were blessed to have her in your life.

  • http://imadramamama.wordpress.com/ Thea

    This is beautiful, Melissa. She sounds amazing.

  • Nancy

    You are an amazing writer. This is such a beautiful tribute to your aunt. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love you!

  • Alicejane33

    Beautiful post Melissa!

  • http://twitter.com/TrishB Trish

    What a beautiful tribute, I can feel the love in this post. I am so sorry! {{HUGS}} XOXOXO!!

  • http://www.littleladybugthatcould.blogspot.com ladybugs714

    Oh Lissa…I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I bet she is so proud of you and loved all the fun times you spent together as much if not more than you did!

    Hugs friends, beautiful tribute to a loved woman.

  • Foldinglaundry

    Cyndee looked like such a fun person to be around. I am so sorry for you loss. Sending you and your family tons of love and prayers.

    xo.
    Beth

  • OHANA PHOTOGRAPHERS

    so sorry to hear of your loss lissa :’( sending love and prayers (((hugs)))

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