Letters from Me, Day 25: Pat Renzulli, West Chester, PA

Dear Pat, 

From the moment I met your son, I was enamored, and not long after that day, I got to meet you. I couldn't believe I was meeting "the mom" on our fourth date, but when it's right, it's right. I adored you from the start, and knew if this was the kind of woman that raised the man I had met and started to fall for, then he was a truly good person and I had only good things in store.

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Pat, in our time together, I have come to love you for so many reasons.

You are warm and kind. You have always looked out for us - for all of your children, be they yours or others’. You're such a positive spirit and I love how you affect people with your positivity. When hard things have happened in my life, you have supported me, and I always know that I can turn to you. You're thoughtful in the things you do, the appreciation you show for people, and the notes you send at just the right moment. 

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You are generous, with all you have to give. You find ways to help people with all of your resources, the most precious one being time. Even though you're one of the busiest people I know, you make time to spend with people to help them, celebrate with them or just be with them. I've been so touched by your work with kids at the domestic violence center, tutoring and mentoring young people so that they can eventually spread their wings and fly. You bring them joy and confidence, and set them up to succeed. You also give so much of yourself to your family and friends. You make time to see them, spend time with them, help them through the hard times and share joy in the good times. I hope you know how much this generosity is appreciated.

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You are full of energy and spunk. I cannot keep up with you, Pat. From body combat classes to your hikes all around the world, you just don't stop. I hope to be as fit and feisty as you for the rest of my life. Even when life throws a curve ball, you refuse to lie down for too long. When you can - which seems to be right away - you're back up and at 'em. You live your life, in every moment, with great passion and never let a day pass without giving your all.

On my 31st birthday, Pat left to pick up some extra lemonade. After dropping it off to us in lightning quick speed, she informed us she just had to "head back up the park for some Zumba!" And then, she regaled us with tales of twerking upon her return.

On my 31st birthday, Pat left to pick up some extra lemonade. After dropping it off to us in lightning quick speed, she informed us she just had to "head back up the park for some Zumba!" And then, she regaled us with tales of twerking upon her return.

You are hilarious. You make us laugh with your words and wit and with the way you make situations lighter. Your dance moves inspire my own, and I can't wait to tear it up on the dance floor with you at the next family wedding.

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You are so, so smart. I try to soak up as much of the Pat wisdom and knowledge as I can when we're together. Your mind is always working and we so appreciate your expertise you share with us.

You are loved by all those around you. You bring such a bright light into our lives, and that light is spread to everyone you know. You're a wonderful mother, sister, aunt, in-law, daughter and friend, and I know that the joy you have brought the people in your life is reflected back at you.

Pat invited Jill and Ed Clark to spend the whole weekend at her house for my 30th birthday. They couldn't help falling in love with the Youngs and Renzullis that weekend!

Pat invited Jill and Ed Clark to spend the whole weekend at her house for my 30th birthday. They couldn't help falling in love with the Youngs and Renzullis that weekend!

I am so lucky to have you, Pat. It is amazing to not only have a mom-in-law-to-be who is so kind, compassionate, brilliant, funny and beautiful, but to have been brought into one of the best families I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Thank you, for all you are and all you do.

Lots of love,

Amanda