A Weekend Full Of Gratitude

What an incredible few days we have had.

Eric, David and Dad

We – my immediate family, along with my uncle Dave and Shannon’s boyfriend Travis – met to celebrate three things that fell essentially at the same time this year: 1) Thanksgiving, 2) my son’s 16th birthday and 3) my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.

Two of these things are important milestones. The third is by far my favorite holiday. So it’s been a huge win and a lot of fun.

We spent the first evening reconnecting; my brother and his family meet up with my crew and Mom and Dad every year for our summer vacation. We just saw each other in August, but a lot has happened in those few short months. After a quick and easy – and delicious – meal of our traditional rice bowls, we watched a video that looked back at our parents’ lives. It was profound and moving and led to a few tears. Mom kept commenting on every photo that came up. Dad kept crying. After it was over, we had over an hour of great conversation; memories, things that mattered, why we valued one another and what it meant to be a family.

Sarah, Syd and Shannon in costume for the Talent Show

Thursday, we ate. It was delicious and wonderful. That night we had our annual Talent Show; we prepare for this every year during the summer, so this one was a bonus. We laughed so hard we cried. And then, we spontaneously just started singing songs.

I can’t help but think that we are uniquely blessed. And I am deeply grateful.

The remainder of the time has included long walks, games, reading (I finished two books) and great conversation. It’s been a respite; we were so busy leading up to this week that I didn’t realize how good it would feel to unplug and relax for a while.

After we get home, I’ll likely write another post with more photos. But for today, as we wind down the weekend and head to our respective homes, I am thankful for the people in my family who go out of their way to let one another know that we matter. It has formed who I am. It is forming my kids and the ripple effects are positive.

Going to bed a grateful girl tonight.

Eric and Tony in a serious conversation. Over ice cream.

Eric and David, rocking the v-necks.

Travis, Shannon and Tony

Tony and I; for the Talent Show, we did a bizarre version of Minnie Ripperton’s “Loving You”; a vocal duet with banjo. 

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