Once again I’ve waited WAY too long to w rite a blog. It’s even been bothering me. Believe me. And not to be boring and always write blogs about people, but here is another one.  THIS one is about my mom. I’ve told you lots of little things before but something else she does is try to make sure I’m always happy. Like TRULY, TRULY happy. Not just happy for the moment (because we know that isn’t really possible when I have to do a lot of things I don’t like!)  But I mean she tries to make sure that I am learning to do things that will make me happy for a long time like painting and watching my favorite shows and even writing this blog!  (Remember, she gave me hers?!) And oh God is she a hard worker! And that’s not even INCLUDING all of the stuff she has to manage because of my injury.  She’s great at walking me, perfect at understanding me (even though a lot of times she says she can’t and tells me to “ARTICULATE”…grrrr).  Whenever I have a hard time doing something, she comes up with a ‘plan’ to try to fix it.   Really, if I had to put it just one way, I would say she really tries to make sure I have whatever I need or want even though it means a lot MORE work for her.  She really is my best friend.   Now I know I did another blog about my best friend Sarah Mitchell and she is. But the thing is, shes really good friends with my mom too now.  Im also extremely close with my dad (Im just LUCKY!!) but my mom is obviously a girl too, so we have more ways to understand each other. 

On a completely different subject, Ive been getting SUPER antsy with the whole party thing. I think I like planning them even more than having them.  Oh God, not only is my mom my best friend, I am turning INTO HER!  What kind of parties do you even have in the winter when you have no good excuse? How about a… ”I really like to have parties, so I threw this one!” party?! HAHAHA .

Merry Christmas to everyone.  Speaking of Christmas, I think I’ve said before that this is my favorite holiday. And although I knew it was coming, now its here….my first Christmas ever without my brother AND my sister.  Dylan is in South Africa for Christmas with his girlfriend’s family and Cheyenne in in Montana with her boyfriend’s family.  So I guess Christmas might not be my favorite holiday for long, huh?  Well at least I still have Chris and of course, my best friend/mom.

Who are you missing this Christmas?



12/23/2013 7:38pm

God Bless you Juliana! Your blogs are so uplifting. Thank you for that. Happy Holidays to you and your family and keep up the good work!

12/23/2013 7:38pm

God Bless you Juliana! Your blogs are so uplifting. Thank you for that. Happy Holidays to you and your family and keep up the good work!

12/24/2013 1:36pm

I dont get it.why do the first two comments say the exact same thing?

12/23/2013 8:02pm

I am missing my best friend, who suffered a fatal heart attack nine months ago. She was 31 years old and on vacation at the time. I miss her every single day.

12/23/2013 8:09pm


Loved this blog and LOVED seeing you Saturday! I can't tell you how often I sit here and look at the painting you gave me! I just love it! I really still miss my best friend who is my mom too! It will be three years in April that she passed away and Christmas was her favorite time of year!

12/23/2013 8:24pm

well,simply Im scared of the day my mom passes

Your Mom
12/23/2013 8:28pm

Ummmm....Juli? Are you trying to tell me that you know something that I don't?

12/23/2013 8:44pm

and um,mommy,Im just saying I realize youre older than me and I pobably WILL be around when you die

12/24/2013 8:52am


Don't worry about that! Your mom is a lot younger than my mom was, and she's a lot younger than I am! Nobody is going anywhere anytime soon! Hey, look at you and I! :-)

Lisa Adams
12/23/2013 8:10pm

Hiya Juli!! I always love reading your blogs! Your really are blessed with an awesome mom & dad.. it's been obvious from the moment I started following your story how much they both love you, along with your whole family, extended family & friends. Your sure are blessed with a lot of awesome people in your life! I know how you feel missing your brother & sister this Christmas.. I'm in Jersey & my 4 sisters are in Florida. It's hard every year but the great thing is that I do get down there every Easter to be with them & we usually do a family vacation somewhere that we all meet up too. Like you, I miss them, but know we will all be together again and that matters more than when & where! I hope you & Chris & your families have a Merry & Blessed Christmas!! Keeping you in thoughts & prayers always!! Peace & Love!! Lisa xoxoxo

12/23/2013 8:30pm

I almost missed my own son because he had to be hospitalized earlier this month because of behavioral reasons associated with autism (high functioning) but he came home today. I don't have a daughter or a loving relationship with my mom like you do and I would love to know what that feels like. You have been greatly blessed; I see that through your Facebook posts. Keep up the great work.

12/23/2013 8:51pm

GOD JULIANA!! I love and miss you more everyday!!! We are so lucky to have mommy as our mom and best friend. And I think we shoyld have a party when dylan..and craig and I come visit home!!!

12/23/2013 9:16pm

and oh Cheye,youll not be able to wait for my birthday PARTY once you hear my idea for a theme!!!

12/26/2013 12:56pm

oh yeah,and I love ou and miss you too.oops.haha!not funny,but haha?

12/23/2013 8:57pm

Yes,Juliana…There is a Santa…and it IS your Mom (and Dad)….they will always truly have your best interests and concerns at heart….I know…because that is my Mom,as well….ain't we lucky?….Now….about who I am missing?…My SON…he lives in NY and I am in Florida…we moved down here when he decided to go to college here…after we were all settled in…he graduated from college and had to move back to NYC…because he was going into advertising…and NYC is the hub for that…he could not get the time off this year….XXX

Sarah Mitchell
12/23/2013 9:00pm

You had a "just for the sake of a party" party before, remember? Your F*&K WINTER party! And everyone was supposed to dress like it was summer and you and I were the only ones who did. And then I had to borrow a pair of your pants because the shorts I wore were way too freezing in the snow. So maybe next month you can have F*&K WINTER part 2!

12/25/2013 8:43pm

oh yeaaaaaaaahhhhhhh......I forgot about that.thanks for reminding me.

12/23/2013 9:32pm

Merry Christmas juls!!!!!!

12/23/2013 10:04pm

I'm missing my younger sister this Christmas. We parted ways almost 6 years ago (it's a long story) but I think about her often especially during the holidays. Now for a party in the winter when there is no reason? How about a Christmas Carol karaoke night!

Vickey Lynn
12/23/2013 10:05pm

Hi Juli, To answer your question, I will be missing not only my mom and dad who are in Heaven, but also the way Christmas was when I was a child. Having my mom and dad and sisters and brother all under one roof. I know how you feel with your siblings so far away. It hurts. I hate that kind of change. My family is spread out all over the U.S. And you know something? Even though that time is in the past and can not come back, I would rather think about it and feel a bit sad then to ever forget it. I wish you joy, happiness, and all the love in the world Juli. Have a Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year Sweetheart!!!

Deb Yucuis
12/23/2013 10:08pm

Awesome blog Julie! Your mom is amazing! Love your whole family!!!

Julie Kasting
12/23/2013 10:27pm

Julianna, I loved your moms blogs and her book, but when I read yours it makes me happy.
I know its hard when family members move and start new lifes in other places. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy
2014. !!

Ms. Knick
12/23/2013 11:36pm

You write so passionately about so many topics, Juliana, just like your Mom. I am happy that your Mom is your best friend (next to Sarah and Cheyenne)!

12/24/2013 12:10am

This is the second Christmas without my grandpa. It's been a little over a year since his passing and it's not always easy. My husbands grandma passed away on Christmas day 6 years ago so every Christmas, it is a time remember loved ones lost, but also to celebrate with who we still have with us. I hope your Christmas Juli is a happy and joyus one for you and your family and friends.

12/24/2013 12:38am

Just want to wish you and your family a Merry christmas ♡ Hope you will have a great time.

12/24/2013 12:44am

Sounds like you throw awesome parties:) I am missing my brother and sisters this Christmas.

12/24/2013 4:04am

My dear grandmother on my father's side passed away in May of this year and we all miss her terribly. This year will be our first Christmas without her and it's gonna feel strange without her among us tonight but we will all think of her and know she is in a good place now.

You are truly blessed with an amazing family and eventhough tough things have to be done, it's all meant with love and they only wish the very best for you. I wish you and your wonderful family a merry Christmas all the way from Norway (hopefully you guys have snow, we just have rain here - blah!), looking forward to your next blog post! :)

12/25/2013 11:54am

Merry Christmas to you and your family! So glad you posted. And yes you have a wonderful mom and she goes above and beyond what a lot of mothers would do. She goes the extra miles and you are all very lucky to have her. And I wonder why she hasn't posted in a while I enjoyed her postings also.
When you have time can you post some pictures of art you have been working on? Have a wonderful Christmas!

12/25/2013 11:37pm

I hope you had an amazing christmas!!! You are such a sweet person. I am sorry you didnt get to spend it with your brother and sister this year! I hope you got to talk to them though. I know what it's like not having a sibling around for christmas. This is my favorite holiday too and my first without my brother since he moved. I hope everything is going good! Merry christmas to you and your family!!!

Jimmy C
12/27/2013 12:52pm

My mom passed away 11 years to the day Christmas of 2002. My father passed 4 months before her in August of 2002. It was a very tough year but I feel I am a stronger person today because of the trials I went through back then. I hope all is well with you! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

05/05/2014 9:51am

i really admired your mom. she's a strong woman. been reading all her blogs and stories (very inspiring). and now i just started to read yours :)


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