One of the things I mentioned in my last post was, a "surprise" pregnancy. If you watched the movie of the baptism of our two newest grandchildren in my last post, you may have caught on to who surprised us! If you want, you can catch up a bit with our Maggie's life as it was last year, right here- when we were taking her back to Illinois to go to University. I'll get back to the surprise in just a sec. Okay? Okay.
One of the other great events in our life back then was, the graduation of our son Cooper, from University. I wrote all about that right here on Graduation Day!
As you can easily see in this family photo, our eldest daughter Tara, is very pregnant with her seventh baby. Our little Rebecca Kathleen was born last fall and I invite you to read all about that right here with just a click. We Welcome With Love. Look at this face. You're not gonna want to miss it.
Life kept rolling along way to quickly, (at least for me) and it was time for our youngest son to realize his dream. Once again, with fear and trepidation, and happiness backed by pride, we saw him on his way. You get the picture now, and you can see my handsome soldier and the beginning of his journey, right here at, An American Soldier.
Now let's see. Am I forgetting anything? It's been a loooong, interesting, frightening, thrilling, year full of change. Have I mentioned that I'm not a big fan of change?
Friends, let me just say that, I do get it. I've been a mom for 37 years. It's what I dreamed of since I was a little girl. It's the only thing I ever really wanted to be. When other kids were hanging their star on becoming a doctor, a lawyer, a nurse or a garbage collector. All I wanted was to become a mom. I understood that when you had kids your job was to love and protect them and to help and guide them through life and into becoming an independent, responsible human being who gives back to the world through their own lives. But something in my brain just didn't click way back then, regarding the fact that all that guiding to independence would lead to them leaving me. I swear, I just didn't get that part of the memo. Embarrassingly enough, I thought that I'd raise these amazing people who would become my very best friends and we'd live next door to each other
I think I've caught you up on everybody except Kate and her husband Justin. They are the couple who live in Washington. (The wet one not the political one.) After getting her degree in business, Kate decided, after her husband got a job transfer to Seattle, that she would go back to Nursing school. She is loving it, and I know she will make an amazing nurse. Doctor's and nurses tend to run in our family so, she knows what she's getting into. Let me just say, although being a mom does tend to involve nursing of all sorts, it doesn't prepare you for things like cleaning Pannis. You'll have to look it up, I just can't talk about it. When she tries to explain all the amazing things she's learning about and doing in her practicums - I often have to put my hands over my ears and mumble inside my head to hide the horrors of her future profession. But really, GOD BLESS NURSES. And while you're praying, could you pray that when she graduates she and her hubby come back and live somewhere nearby? Thanks.
Moving forward now, let me introduce you to Ian. Ian is Maggie's true love. She met him at University in Illinois, where he is on a Volleyball scholarship. You might be able to see from this picture, that volleyball would be a sport he may excel in. Maggie is 5'9" tall so that makes Ian, yup, 6'7" tall. His dad is taller than that and his uncle is taller than that!
Phone calls were made, plane tickets were purchased, families rallied. It will always be easy to remember from now on, who is who. We are the mini family up there starting with my hubby on the left. They are the long and lean. Obviously. Maggie and Ian had a lot of decisions to make and since they are so young, they wanted their parents there to help them. And we were. We are. They are. And we are all lucky we are! I don't even know how to put into words (which is funny seeing as it's me.) But, these people who were one day strangers, then unexpectedly brought into our lives, are one of the most amazing, loving, gracious, beautiful in every way, family's I've ever known. Suffice it to say, this could have gone so many ways. I think I can sum it up by saying, God's grace is mighty!
And life went on.
It takes 9 months ya know?
Lots has happened since then, and as life goes on, so it changes. I know I'm not the only one who struggles with this. I guess I'll just have to reconcile with that. But, do tell?
Soon I will blog joyous wedding pictures, more graduations, and well, you just never know, do you? I have so many photos and there is so much action around here, I could fill up blog posts from now until… Meantime though, Finn has something he wants to say and then I'll let you go.
I'm glad my family did.
OR I'LL COME GET YA
'CAUSE I'M LONG, TALL, AND STRONG
JUST LIKE MY DADDY!
(and can you tell I just love this swing?)
Once again, from my cottage and until the next blog.