On September 11th 2013 my grandma passed away and here we are 3 years later and I miss her as ferociously today as I did then. In many ways she was my mentor and I regret that I never really told her all that she meant to me. I know that she knows. I gotta say though, it sure is hard not getting her hugs on the holidays! She liked to call me her “butt sister” since we both got big ol’ butts. LOL So i just wanted to take a moment to say I miss you, I love you, and I can’t wait to see you again someday. There isn’t always a good time for her online remembrance with 9/11 and Patriots Day. She was a patriot though, and she never missed an opportunity to pray for our troops and our country. She taught me everything I know about cooking. She let me dig through all her recipes and write them all down. She didn’t miss birthdays or anniversaries, and she always knew what was customary for any given situation. (I seriously never knew people gave money at funerals until she told me) She was sweet beyond words, she loved fiercely, and all of her giant extended family loved her right back.