Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving in Florida

For those of you who don't know, Willie is in Maryland getting some training for a new company he started working for called AAI Corp. He will be training between Maryland and Arizona for several months. The kids and I are currently living in California but are planning on moving to Utah at the end of December. Well we decided it would be great to visit Willie in Maryland over the Thanksgiving break. We have been in Maryland for 10 days so far. For Thanksgiving we drove down to Florida to visit Willie's family. This was a lot of fun and it was great to see all of Willie's family again. It has been over 3 years since we had last visited.
This visit was the first time Willie's family met Victoria so it was a very special visit. Victoria is Willie's first daughter and the youngest grandchild so everyone was really excited about meeting her.
Willie's mom had a stroke a couple of weeks ago and she has had several difficulties because of it. Initially she didn't remember anyone which was very hard for everyone in the family. She has started rehabilitation and is already showing great progress. We are so proud of her and we love her very much. This has been a very difficult time for Willie and his siblings. I think what makes this really hard is the fact that she is so young. She is only 47. This has made me realize that every day really is a gift and we need to make sure all of our loved ones knows we love them. We are now focusing more than ever on our family's and our family history.
There are many wonderful stories to learn about our ancestors, we just need to take to time to sit down and talk to our grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins about our memories and life stories.
Im so thankful we were able to go to Florida this year for Thanksgiving. There was a lot of great southern cooking and lots of love.