I know the expectation is to come here and read about my kids. However today, I’m taking a different road. Not because my kids have stopped entertaining us, but rather because this past week has been filled with many many highs, so high they should be acknowledged.
The week began with a celebration at my father’s home. All nine kids arrived with families in tow, to wish him a happy 89th birthday. The day we chose to celebrate his long life also happened to be my 46th birthday. I can’t remember the last time I spent my birthday with all my brothers and sisters, in our “family” home. The only thing missing was my Mom, though, she was there, just hidden from view.
We laughed, ate too much food and talked endlessly about our kids, the future and our mutual adoration for our father. When the time came to try and tell him how we all felt, he kept interrupting, “Tell them about this, or tell them about that…” wanting us to focus on parts of our lives that included him, instead of focusing solely on him. When I asked him earlier in the week, what he wanted for his birthday, he shook his head and said, “I just want my family”. We were all blessed by his wish.
On Wednesday (Dad’s actual birth date), my husband and I celebrated twenty years of marriage. One could think since I met this man when I was 18 and have been his constant companion for 24 years, reaching 20 years of marriage wouldn’t mean much. They would be wrong. Adjusting to another person’s personality; fertility issues; life’s pressures; job stresses, among many others; all combined to try and pull our love apart. No one said, “Marriage was easy”, like life, you have to scratch and fight to succeed sometimes. Reaching this milestone is an awesome reminder that love does conquer all.
Here’s to the next twenty, thirty and beyond. Love ya babe!!
**I know there is away to attach music to this blog, but for the life of me, I can’t seem to make it work. However, me being me, I’m going to post the lyrics to the song I wanted to have playing, so you could see how well they go together. Honestly, find the song online and listen while reading. You’ll get the gist…
Is it the face of a child
Is it the thrill of danger
Is it the kindness we see in the eyes of a stranger
Is it more than faith
Is it more than hope
Is it waiting for us at the end of our rope
I say, it’s love
I say, it’s love
Is it the one you call home
Is it the Holy Land
Is it standing right here holding your hand
Is it just like the movies
Is it rice and white lace
Is it the feeling I get when I wake to your face
Is it the first summer storm
Is it the colors of fall
Is it having so little
And yet having it all
Is it one in a million
Is it a chance to belong
Is it standing right here singing this song
Repeat Chorus 4 times
Is it a veil or a cross
Is it the poet’s gift
Is it the face that has launched over thousands of ships
is it making you laugh
is it letting you cry
Is it where we believe that we go when we die
Is it how you were made
Is it your mother’s ghost
Is it the wish that I’m wishing for you life, for you life, for your life the most