I apologize–this is my first time being late with a post. We just returned from a long weekend away, visiting family in Illinois over the 4th and the fact that it was my day to post slipped my mind until this morning.
So, very quickly, I will just share that we had a lovely time visiting family–family that we see all too rarely: my younger brother and his wife and daughters, as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins. We used to see them more often, but since my parents have both passed on, we find ourselves driving down to Illinois less frequently. How enjoyable to catch up with each other’s lives, hear stories, and laugh together. And man, can my Aunt Carol cook!
And I’m happy that my sons were able to hear some of those same stories and to get to know these relatives I love so much a little better. (Tubing and swimming were fun, too.)
While we were there we had a couples shower for my cousin Jessica who is getting married at the end of August. So at least we know we will see everyone again at the wedding in a few months, instead of a few years. It had been too long.
As we drove from my aunt’s house on the first leg of the long drive back to Minnesota, we stopped to visit two more family members–my beloved parents–or at least their resting place. Now I realize they are not there–they are in eternity with the Lord, a far better place than that lonely rural cemetery. But even so, it made me feel better to do something “for them” while we were there, so we planted grass seed and added a butterfly ornament (my Mom loved butterflies, and I love how they symbolize new life). It has been too long since we have seen my parents as well, but I will have to wait longer to see them in person. What a day that will be to see them in heaven–free from the suffering and grief of this life. What a real “Independence Day” that will be!
I hope you had a good 4th of July as well. How did you celebrate Independence Day?