This post is a bit more personal in nature than some I’ve done but I just got back from Illinois where I got to spend Thanksgiving with the family and then attend a training class for work. I felt so many things and was blessed more than I can express. My husband wasn’t able to join me and I missed him terribly. Coming home to him was the icing on the cake that was this past two weeks.
Seeing family again after far too long is a wonderful thing. While I didn’t get to see everyone while I was home, I got to visit with a good number and make some new friends as well! Meeting my new sister-in-law was a huge highlight for me and I am so glad she’s part of our family now. Laura is an absolutely wonderful person and I don’t think Josh could have chosen better.
Then there are the new friends, Kendra, Darnell, and Val. Big hearts, big smiles, and amazing people all. They all felt just like family and I got such a grin out of how comfortable they were with all of us. And we’re nuts I tell you!
The only brother I didn’t get to visit was Jim but I did get to spend some good times with Chris, Scott, Neil, and Josh. All such a blessing to my heart and to see those smiles, hear the laughter, and be part of that camaraderie was something I missed more than I knew. I missed seeing Amy and MJ but got to talk with them face to face via Mom’s IPad. What a treat! My other sister, Mary Kay, was there and oh what a treat. As feisty and as amazing as ever. There were a few teary moments there to be sure.
I knew from pictures that my niece, Brittany, had grown into a gorgeous young lady but pictures don’t do her justice! Not at all! The last time I’d seen Erin, she was just a small kid. Not anymore! Like Brit, she’s coming into her gorgeousness and has a smile that’ll light up a room. The same holds true for Kelly and her baby and Ebony as well as their mom, Betty. It’s amazing how time changes things and my heart swelled at seeing all of them. Other nieces and nephews I didn’t get to see but hope that can be rectified soon! I very much look forward to visiting with Corey (wife and kids included!), Katie (and Mike!), Tristan, Catherine, and Stephen again.
JB, Mary Kay’s husband, is as gorgeous and funny as ever and it was fun seeing him again and Kim, Neil’s wife, has such a lovely smile I whispered she should use it more. What a heart she has and I very much appreciate her and Neil opening up their home to us and having Thanksgiving dinner there. Cyndi, Scott’s wife) is as lovely as ever and visiting with her was a treat. I missed seeing Emily, Chris’s wife, and hope I get to the next time.
Mom and Dad looked so good and so happy and I hadn’t realized just how much I missed seeing them and just sitting and chatting. I got to stay with them while I was there and, while I know, doing everything they did had to be tiring, they were nothing but smiles and open arms. I’m proud to be their daughter and hope I can make them as proud of me.
There is one person I haven’t mentioned yet and there is a reason for that. My nephew Dillon, Neil’s and Kim’s son, is an amazing young man. The last time I recall seeing Dillon, he was just a young pup. Now? Now he’s sixteen and TALL! Not to mention he’s a stunning young man with dimples that’ll make any girl swoon. But that’s not the best part. Dillon has heart. So much it shines through his eyes and I don’t think he has any idea just what a wonderful person he really is, how much he has to offer, or how much talent he has. I had the privilege to talk and visit with him for a long time and I won’t ever forget it.
Thank you, Dillon. I love you so much and wish I lived closer.
Finally, a big huge heartfelt hug and thank you to all of those I am honored to call family and friends. I think of you and pray for you and miss you all when I’m away.
I love you.
I miss you.