A little less than a century ago, my grandmother's mother fell in love with the man who would be her husband, the muse for her beautiful poetry, the one to bring her flowers, and the father of her four daughters and living son. Those children went on to have their own children and then once again, a new generation of little ones sprang up and over the weekend we all gathered together as we do to celebrate the love between us and the two beautiful people whose devotion to each other has made all of our lives possible.
And this weekend I laughed and smiled, looking around in the setting sun at the little ones scrambling up the tallest tree, calling to each other,finding lizards in the rocks of the hillside of Pearl's daughter's beautiful home, and riding their bikes in a tiny parade for all to see. I watched my grandma and her sisters adorn the littlest ones with glow stick bracelets, necklaces, and belts, and saw them dancing across the lawns like fireflies in the country night and felt connected in a way that has been missing since my diagnosis.
It was the perfect reminder that my desire to start my own little family isn't as important as loving the family I already have. We are never alone, no matter how much it may feel that way. At the last family reunion five years ago, Nick and I decided to start our own family. I held a chubby, beautiful baby in my arms and looked up at the man I love. He nodded his head yes and there it was, we had decided.
Sometimes we don't realize how much illness has isolated us or slowed or stopped our dreams until we make the leap and do something we previously thought we couldn't.
Two months ago, I never would have believed that I would be spending 16 days away from home culminating in a reunion with loved ones where I would hug, snuggle, smile, and cheer. It doesn't matter what we thought we could or couldn't do, it matters that we believe in ourselves now, today. I have homes all across the country because I feel at home in the hearts of my family.
Today I hope you find a moment to mediate with your memories of home, wherever that may be. Go somewhere in your mind that makes you feel young and wild and free of all your cares. Let your body fade away and let your heart go to the ones you love. And remember that no matter how far you've wandered, there is always someone waiting for you when you are ready to return home.
Lots of Love,
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We are fortunate enough to have a professional photographer in our extended family so hopefully some great pictures from the reunion will be coming up soon!