Eleven years ago we were married on the beach at sunset in Sanibel, Florida. We returned there for anniversaries on your 1 and 2, and then began enjoying other locations the following years.
When, this year, an invitation to celebrate Thanksgiving with my youngest son, Jaret and his family, was extended to us -- we couldn't resist the offer. Not only was it a combined birthday for his son and my grandson, Jaxson, who was turning 1 year old -- it was also Thanksgiving weekend. So, we pushed back our anniversary a week - made reservations for Periwinkle RV Park in Sanibel - and began prep and travel to that location for 4 days with the plan to go to Jaret's which was 45 minutes up the road for an extended Thanksgiving weekend too.
So, off we went down that ole dusty trail across the state to the west coast of FL looking for warmer weather during this cold front.
We enjoyed the park, but we also went into Ft. Myers and down to Naples while there -- enjoying the holiday preparation and the Christmas festivities being planned.
The only down side - up side was a quick trip to ER to meet Jaret and Casey as Jaxson had swallowed something and was having difficulty breathing. We were glad to be only 15 minutes away from the ER so we could be support and sit with them during Jaxson's scoping. After much adieu, he was anesthetized and finding a little tip of a clementine embedded already in his left lung left us all unnerved but happy for the successful surgery.
Each of us returned to our daytime rituals until meeting again for Thanksgiving. Was so nice to be close.
It was so good seeing everyone thriving and doing their life the best they can -- meeting only once in a while is certainly not enough -- but we take what we can get. We are thankful and grateful to have spent the time with everyone one of the family. The Carters, The Rogers, The Lewins, The Cains ... a blessed weekend.
We were almost complete except for Michael -- my middle son ... who stayed in Atlanta due to commitments -- but I held space for him in my heart and mind and felt the merging of all of us together.
Until next time!!!