We were able to host our first Thanksgiving. Annie, Don, and the girls were here from Florida and Abbey and Trevor joined as well. We always have such a good time together and it was so nice being able to be with some of my family for a holiday since that doesn't happen, like, ever. Annie prepared most of the food so it wasn't as much work for me as I thought it would be. For some reason sparkling cider always makes me and my sisters a little crazy. (Obviously sugar rush) We missed Erin but I'm so glad Abbey and Annie were here. It's not often that I get to be my real, true self. There is only so much weird that Brandon can take from me. My sisters definitely bring it out of me. My simple joy is just being together with my family. There is nothing I would rather do.
Miss Moo is 3 Months. She sure is a thick, chunky, smiley baby. I could just eat her up! She makes me want to have another one already.....almost :)
Bringing Mia home just went perfectly. She fit right in and I knew she was my little angel baby. She just had, and continues to have the sweetest and happiest disposition. There was lots of sleeping, lots of holding, and lots of helping. Isla was a natural big sister. And it was wonderful to have My mom there with us for 2 weeks. She is just amazing. We did have rough times of course. Mia became colicky and nothing seemed to help until I started using essential oils on her. They were my life saver. I thought that I would be exhausted, but it's amazing what energy having a 3 year old can give you.(Wanted or not)
Grandfather had started really going down hill a couple months after Mia was born. Isla had already gotten to know Grandpapa quite well and I needed him to meet my sweet Mia. I'm so thankful we were able to spend some time with him before he left us.
As we got the call that he was in the hospital and wouldn't be on this earth much longer, I took Mia, and Abbey and I went there to see him and wait with family.
Looking at this photo, one would assume that this was a happy time for me. This was taken in the hospital as I was grieving for my Grandpa and knowing how much I would miss him. Then I remembered that I would see him again, and that my life is about returning to that place with him, and knowing that my children will give me the greatest happiness that I could ever hope for while I'm here on this earth. That was what I needed to focus on.
Although his funeral was a sad time, we all knew that he was ready to go meet his beloved wife and that he had fulfilled his calling in this life. It came as a blessing to me because it brought my own family here to be able to participate in Mia's blessing. One life had ended but another was beginning. It was such a beautiful day and we loved having so many be a part of it.
"Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give."