We had a ball! Mama celebrated her 85th (you didn't hear it from me tho cause she looks younger than I do most days!) and it was certainly cause for celebration. Our gang from North Carolina rolled in bringing the ADORABLES with them. It was a whirlwind celebration but one of the richest family visits in a long, long time.
Part of the joy was that as we gathered around the long table at Coco's Italian Market in Nashville and the Adorables were reunited with their cousins - My niece and nephew who used to be known as Miss Fancy and Mr. Smarty. These days Miss Fancy dons jeans and boots and goes on rescue mission trips Her best look is face streaked with mud and her smile!(I have the pic here somewhere to prove it.) Mr. Smarty has been welding a chainsaw and boots being quite the lumberjack on their land down the road. Nevertheless - there they were at the end of the table laughing and talking like they were all small again playing with rocks and mud in the backyard. That kind of family relationship, the one where cousins pick up where they left off last summer, comes from spending time together and having stories to recount about all their adventures. Remember the time . . . and the other time . . .
Storytelling! There was a lot of that happening. And it did THIS MAMA'S heart good to hear my two sons together talking about this time and that time and WHAT was the best fort we ever built? THE SAND FORT! IT'S also the time that mother's hear about all the stories that it was better they DIDN'T KNOW at the time your kids have managed to do x,y, or z without your knowledge.
We celebrated Mom's birthday and had an early Thanksgiving with the entire little Wolf Pack. We ate too much, loved just the right amount (which is lots and lots and lots) we told one more story for the road.
For Mother's year with us and for all of our time together I am exceedingly grateful.
I am praying that you are amid those you love, gathering and celebrating in love.
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