I am the youngest of three with two older brothers. When Iwas just 14 my family began to sprout. With my first niece Michelle I fell immediately and forever in love with babies. Her brother Philip followed about three years later and Melissa and Jeffrey came a few years after that. The Goldner family kept expanding. Over the past 12 years I've become great-aunt to Francie, Payton and Eliza, then two years ago, Ariel was born and, just a few weeks ago, Talia.
When I married in 1987 my new family grew to include my dear friend and sister-in-law Joyce, my niece Jill and nephew Greg. My own son Jake came along when I was 40. (Need I say that he was VERY special to us, the Goldner-Lasofsky clan.)
Over these years Jill has been one of the most important people in my life. Though for several years different in life's passage and then for some years so many miles aways Jill became my friend. It's been a relationship I have grown to cherish for its honesty, integrity and just plain love. Through Jill and her fabulous husband Mike the family tree continued to grow so that I became great-aunt to their 12 year-old Julia and 9 year-old Emily. And just last week we welcomed their newest addition, Alexandra Joy. Named for Jill's mom, my sister-in-law and dearest friend Joyce, who was taken from us just a little over a year ago, Alex is now one more VERY special child in our family.
Jill and Alexandra Joy
Julia, Emily and Alexandra Joy
Even with tears of great sadness for our loss of Jill's mom this very new life will now bring a renewed spirit for us all. Indeed we have always had so much to be thankful for and now Alexandra Joy gives us yet another reason to love life and honor our family forever.
I love you Jill. And Joyce. And the family we have created.