Family is everything to me. This past Thanksgiving was the first time in at least three years we spent the day with extended family. We moved a lot closer to family this summer which made travel much easier. We were so excited to host them all. At one time over the week, we had 19 people total in our home. We ate and ate, played games, and enjoyed great conversation.
I was struggling with an upper respiratory infection and was not feeling one hundred percent. It was still hard for me to sit down and relax because I like to keep busy. It’s just my personality. Even despite my hard head, my family held down the fort jumping in where needed. So I am thankful that they encouraged me to rest, and not overdo it even though I didn’t listen like I should. They jumped right in and handled as much as they could.
In the midst of the cooking and preparing, two of my kids began to feel a bit under the weather with fevers, and chills. The family was there, helping and making sure they had what they needed. There’s more…..
I decided about two months ago to have an early surprise sweet 16 party for my daughter the Saturday after Thanksgiving while the family was in town. Who knew we would be plagued with sickness. The show had to go on.
Can I just say my family is awesome! I have to give credit where credit is due. Everyone was on deck. My in-laws (mother and father-in-law, sisters and brother-in-law, nephews and close family friends) on both sides of my family jumped right in, cooking, setting up and decorating. You name it, they did it. We didn’t have much to cook because I ordered some of the food. We rented a room at a senior center for the party. It was a small intimate group of about 50 people. It was not an MTV sweet sixteen type of party with a new car waiting outside but a meaningful event surrounded by family and close friends who know and love her.
Everything turned out great. We had some meaningful presentations in the beginning and went on to do some line dancing. I’m not sure how I would have pulled it off without my family. When you relocate often, and do not have the luxury of living close by family, you appreciate them that much more. Time spent in the kitchen cooking, talking and enjoying one another was great bonding time. We enjoyed their company and can’t wait until the next time we get together again. Stay tuned for a more detailed post on the party. Here are a few photos from the party.
We asked guests to write some words of encouragement for her joy box.
This is the moment after we yelled surprise. Mission accomplished!
Love you family!! Thanks for having our back!! We are grateful for your Love!!
Peace and Blessings,