Welcome back to my blog and I hope you are enjoying my story. At this
present time, March of 2012 we have a couple of children living with us.
Jenny and Jose with their two children live here and Regina lives here. I
have to say that it is hard to keep a clean house, a tidy refrigerator and of
course hard to get into the food pantry. But I keep reminding my husband this is signs of life. This won’t last forever, they will move out again, especially since the house they put a bid on came through and the house won’t get messed up and our fridge will look empty again. So we have to enjoy the times we can help them out and I do appreciate the signs of life they give me.
Jenny was back just in time for Easter and of course we had our annual color Easter eggs which I think she got into more than usual. I could tell she enjoyed being home with her daughter again and probably sleeping in her own bed. Hiding Easter eggs and baskets were fun for Jenny this year. Plus the big bonus was I had a house full with Erik and Betsy living here also. Jessica and Zack came into town so the only ones I was missing were Kristina and her family. My kitchen was full of hard boiled eggs, lots of colors to play with and lots of hands turning colors. It was a wonderful feeling knowing that my daughter wasn’t in danger anymore.
May shot here pretty fast and Regina looked beautiful for her senior prom. I swear she looked like a bride, and that was definitely not in the near future. Next was Regina graduating high school which was both sad and happy time for me. It meant that all my children were grown, and I didn’t have any more kids dependent on me. This also meant that Regina was graduating and going on with life like her brother and sisters, all grown up. She decided that she wanted to go to college in Chicago, so of course we had a road trip. I drove with her to Chicago with a couple of stops on the way, one to Oklahoma to see Kristina and one to Decatur to see some of our old friends before arriving to her apartment in Chicago.
Jimmy graduated The Scottsdale Culinary Institute and the kids and I fixed up the kitchen to look like it belonged to him. It was fun looking for the wall paper and the designer bottles, plates and statues to place everywhere in the kitchen and I loved how the kids worked together on the room. That was a graduation / Father’s Day gift. Now it was time for Jimmy to finally find a
It was also time to pick up Kristina for the summer with a short visit to the Petrified Forest on the way home.
Jenny and Jose decided to get married and their plan was to get married in July in San Diego, California on the beach. So the girls and I went to Rocky Point, Mexico for a day of fun, sort of like a bachelorette party and went Para sailing. Jenny was the funny one for this event. After being shot at in Iraq, flying on planes back and forth, using an M-14 she was scared to go up on this crank and fly with the parachute in the air. The five girls took turns and Jenny did finally give in. They all slept in the car on the way home and I just smiled to myself, glad to have this memory always in my mind. I love the fact to have been involved in my children's life and the fun we all had together that day.
Is this part romance? Of course! I remember when I was getting married and my friends had a party for me. They knew me very well and part of their gift for me was a big Ice cream sundae that we all shared and a case of ketchup because I use to eat ketchup on everything. Of course afterwards we went dancing, my favorite past time before I had children. It reminded me of when I first met my husband, and what made me fall in love.
Her wedding was not as successful as you would have thought it should have been, especially since she had a wedding planner.
First, Regina had her appendix taken out the day before her wedding. Two hours after the operation, I took Regina out of the hospital with instructions on how to care for the wound and our caravan of cars were off to California. Driving in construction, with a caravan of six cars, Regina in pain, and Jennifer nervous of the coming event was how we started this adventure.
When we finally got to the hotel, they were booked up, they had over booked and could not let us stay there, even though the wedding planner said it was paid and ready for us. So at the last minute we had to find a different place to stay. Next when the limousines showed up the driver wanted cash up front when Jenny was told to pay with a credit card, so we had to come up with money fast. This was total chaos, Jenny was almost in tears and I was really upset. Finally we got this issue settle, and our family road in one limousine and Jose family road in the other one. This was the first time I had ever been in a limousine. It was so much fun as we yelled out the windows of the limousine that Jenny was getting married, and we each had a glass of champaign on the drive.
Finally we made it to Venice beach. Regina could not walk through the sand
so we got the security at the beach to come with a jeep and drive her to the
spot. Red towels were placed on the sand for us to sit on with one bench for the few elders that were there. Jenny was very specific as to who she wanted to be there. She only wanted immediate family, and she paid for the hotels for everyone.
It was a very pretty service with the ocean rolling in the back ground and little Damien running around excited to see the sand and water. I went back in time to our wedding, and as I listened to their vows, I cried. It is amazing how something small like that can push the romance button in your head and you are back in time, being young again when love was brand new and not complicated yet. Dinner was at a restaurant and later after us older ones went to bed the younger ones going out dancing for the evening.
I also thought back to when Adias was born and Jennifer was only in high school. We had all sorts of dreams for her but she has her own will. Having Adias was one of the best things that happened for Jenny because this child made her become responsible. Oh by the way, the girl on the cover of A Struggle of the Heart is Jennifer in her wedding dress.
The next day we set off to Walt Disney Land as a family, before Jenny and Jose took their honey moon. I always wanted to take my kids to Walt Disney World in Florida when they were small, so finally my dream came true. Well almost, my kids were grown and I had a couple of grandkids, but I finally got to Disney Land. We had to have a wheel chair for Regina due to her appendix gone and she was still in pain. It was a fun time and another memory maker for us.
Well I hope you are enjoying by blog. I hope you are having a great day.
I want to share with you how my day has been so far. I took two of my grandchildren on a bike ride to the store. I have a trailer on the back of my bike which seat belts two children in so that I could take them for rides. I noticed that it was very hard to pedal so I made my way to the gas station for air. Yes, one of the tires on the trailer was flat. Of course I didn’t do
very well, my bike kept falling down and I couldn’t get the knob loose on the
wheel so that I could fill it with air and the kids wanted out and crying. One man came to help me, who in turn found another man who had a wrench and by the time my tires were full of air I had three gentlemen helping me.
After thanking them and going on my way I went past a trailer in the Wal-Mart parking lot with a sign, homeless family. I could see stuffed animals by the open door telling me that there has to be at least one child. I tried to ride past but I had to stop by and pass the man some cash. He was very appreciative and ran to his wife with the money. I guess what I am trying to say is you never know when you are an angel helping someone out. I had three angels helping me and I helped someone. If the world would only pass on the kindness to each other what a wonderful world we would be living in. But I just showed that not our entire world is bad, we do have some angels. Have a great day.
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a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and still believe in the power of love &