Welcome back to my romance blog. For those of you have just found me, I am writing a tale about life and how love is a choice. I don’t mean the first time you get those butterflies in your stomach, but to keep love alive is a job all of its own. One you have to choose to do this and then you have to take action. I have been writing about my life and all the ups and downs that I have endured and yet how we kept our love and family alive and well. So back to my story.
I got a hold of my children and told them we had to get together for Thanksgiving this year because Jenny would be out of the country for Christmas and I wanted us all to get together and support her before she left to help our country. I planned a big excursion to see the Grand Canyon.
I also bought my first artificial Christmas tree, which was small and decorated it in red, white and blue ornaments and little flags all around it. The girls seemed to have fun as they decorated it.
Thanksgiving finally came around and first the sad part was we had to put dad in a nursing home for our little retreat. We were going to be gone for three days and it hurt to know that dad couldn’t come with us. All the good times with him in the past years flooded my mind with how much fun he use to make our adventures until this terrible disease took hold of him.
The happy part was that all my kids and their kids plus Jimmy and I ranging from six months to fifty years were going to be together for three days. We tried to keep hidden in the back of our minds that Jenny was going to be gone to Turkey and Iran for anywhere from 12 months to 18 months. We didn’t want that to spoil our family time. We were told at that time she had to leave by December forth. So finally everyone showed up, packed and we left for Williams, Arizona. It was fun for me just to sit back and watch the kids get reacquainted with each other and their nieces and nephews. We ate at a wonderful smorgasbord, played board games and slept in the hotel that night before we grabbed the train to the Grand Canyon. What we weren’t prepared for was how cold it was. In Phoenix it was so warm and in Williams we froze. As we got to the Grand Canyon I had reserved a few rooms for us to spend the night, so we got settled in before we went exploring. As we made it to the Canyon to see this wonderful master piece from God, Zack got down on his knees and proposed to Jessica.
So needless to say this was a wonderful family event. Now Jessica was engaged and we got to see this beautiful Canyon. It was so cold, but so beautiful. I think this is when I discovered that my little family of seven was growing and would never be the same. We had a son in law, a daughter in law, two grand children and a fiancé with us. This was the start of new family pictures to watch our family grow.
We spent the night at the Grand Canyon, played games in the evening and some of us ventured out to see the sun rise even though it was 20 degrees outside. Taking the train back to Williams there was a mock robbery with men on horses firing guns outside and then coming into the train to rob us. I don’t think we had so much fun. When we got back home we had Christmas early and let Jenny open up her
gifts. Adias had fun trying on her mother’s army cloths as Jenny packed. Plus before Jenny was supposed to leave she decided she wanted to get baptized, so that Sunday we were with her in church.
Christmas was fun this year as we put the decorations on the house. Jessica and Regina were in charge of decorating outside of the house. Jimmy was stringing lights on the roof and Adias was putting up our little Christmas town on the center island in the kitchen. My father in law just slept through all the commotion. Jennifer was gone on to her base here in town and told she could not be here for Christmas. But good luck had shown as they didn’t deploy them yet so they let her come home again for a few days at Christmas. We had our church Christmas Eve and watched It’s a Wonderful Life, an opened gifts in the morning. Dad just sat in his chair watching us, and when we gave him his gifts it took forever for him to open them. But the excitement and noise didn’t seem to bother him. He would just doze
on and off during our little family time.
Well this is enough for today. Remember that each day is
a gift, and only you can make it count. See you tomorrow.
I am the Author
a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and still believe in the power of love &