Joyful Adventures: A Christmas Memory In JulyWednesday, July 22, 2015
The best part about it is, it wasn't unwelcome chaos. It was beautiful, and full of joy. We all laughed a lot, made good food, prepared meals together, and enjoyed each other's company. My mom had seen some breaks in the pain, and seemed stronger than she had earlier in Autumn. She was still very much afflicted by her cancer, but she was starving and ate TONS of food, which is the polar opposite of how she was at Thanksgiving. The little cousins played perfectly together and we ended up watching homemade plays created by an 11-year old and acted out by her younger cousins. We made meals for 24 people, ate together, piled into bedrooms together, and really had a blast.
We even fit in an emotional spur-of-the-moment family chat. Tears of love were shed as we all sat together with my mom and talked about the goings-on of the past year and how much we love her. We even caught her at a moment of clarity, when she was able to speak instead of stumbling over all her words, and we filmed part of the story about how my stepdad and mom met and fell in love. It seemed like the kids all became best friends, and all of us siblings became closer. Family really is the root of all that matters in this world. I am so thankful I have the massive family I do. I couldn’t imagine my life without a single one of them. I am a rich girl.
As part of this week together, we decided to head out to the Hoover Dam since it was close to where we were. There is a highway bridge that spans the peaks above the dam and creates a gorgeous scenic viewing point. This is a great article about the bridge and why it's worth a trip. We bundled up my mom since it was cold and windy, and headed off to explore. Many a “dam” joke was told, and we had a great time exploring the desert.
These are the moments that make up our lives. These are the moments that we never forget for as long as we live. These are the moments that change us into the people we are meant to become.