I’m back in town for a couple days before leaving for a long weekend, but want to give thanks before I go.
I’m so grateful my dad is doing well. Aidan made him the above card---it says “No wonder your heart’s tired…it’s been so busy loving people!” My dad got a great kick out of it as well as the lucky shamrock Sean drew for him.
2. Grateful that Brian was able to take work off and that he is such an amazing dad---without him, I’d never have been able to go to Chicago and spend the week with my dad.
3. Grateful for the time I was able to spend with my sisters Karen, Eileen and Elizabeth as well as my brother Marty and his family. Elizabeth shared her sweet daughter Maria with me while I was missing my boys.
One of the things my mom asked me to do while she was sick was to help her organize and label her photographs. Whenever I visited, we’d go through half a shoebox before she’d grow tired and we’d put it aside. On this visit, I was able to go through thousands and start the process of having them scanned for all of us. I found so many treasures---and a scrapbook made by one of my dad’s sisters. Dad had recently had this above photo enlarged---of my mom and sister Karen in a photo booth. I’ve lamented here before about how few photos we had of my mom with her babies, and I’m a little photo booth obsessed, so this photo makes me all kinds of happy.
5. The best part of any trip is coming home. Excuse the grainy/blurry photo---it’s from Saturday night. The boys slept in a tent in the backyard and roasted hot dogs over the fire pit. We made s’mores, my favorite dessert, and listened to great music. A “cup overflows” moment of gratitude under the stars.