Well I have been on a bit of a whirl wind for about 2 weeks now. Last week I went with my parents to the west coast to see my niece receive her first communion and perform in a play. I haven’t seen my parents since November so it really meant a lot to be able to travel with them. I also haven’t been to the west coast to see my two brothers and their families for almost 20 years. It was wonderful.
I got to see where both my brothers are living. I went to the Museum that my baby brother works for and it was absolutely amazing. I am so proud of him. His longtime girlfriend is working at the airport we arrived at so she greeted us and showed us around a little. We got to meet some of her family and share a meal together. Seeing the love they have for my brother meant a lot. They were wonderful.
Then we attended the first communion of my oldest brother’s daughter. We were in the very front and got to see everything. The church was beautiful and the priests were AWESOME!! It was just great. We then celebrated at my sister-in-law’s house. Later that day we saw my niece perform in the Jungle Book at a local playhouse. Again we sat in the front row and she was GREAT!! It meant so much to be able to see where she is growing up and how wonderful my brother and sister-in-law are doing at raising such a special young lady.
To end the amazing trip my two brothers and I took our Mom and Dad out to breakfast on Mother’s Day. I don’t remember the last Mother’s Day I got to spend with my mom. While I missed celebrating with my husband, kids and in-laws it was a day I will never forget. We did a lot of reminiscing.
When I got back it was go, go, go time. I had to get ready for my son’s first communion which was that coming weekend. How time flies.
So this past weekend almost all of the rest of the family came and stayed at our house Saturday to Sunday. Saturday we decided to celebrate my dad’s upcoming birthday since we were all together. Wow, it had been a while since we were together. It was really nice.
Sunday was beautiful. My son received the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time!! The dinner after was delicious too.
Whether or not we get to be with our loved ones on certain holidays we have to learn to cherish the time we do have together. I have learned that my Mother’s Day celebration may or may not be on the day that everyone else is celebrating and that is ok. Anytime we can bring our families together should be a celebration and a cherished time. I know for our family we do not get to be together very often but when we are it creates lasting memories.
I am so grateful for all those I have in my life and I will take from these two past weeks this; time together is precious. Each loved one is special to me and those moments together are just as special. I will hold on to the memories created from our time together and look forward to the next. We won’t have these opportunities forever.
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