Our Memorial Day weekend was full of smiles, laughs, and a lot of memory-making. In fact, I feel guilty to have experienced such happy emotions on a day that is set aside to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country. My heart can’t help but ache for those who grieve the loss of their loved ones, for my heart, though in a different way, grieves right alongside them. Before I go any further, I just want to say that I sincerely appreciate all of the men and women who fight, have fought, and have given their lives in order for us to be here. Your service and bravery will never go unnoticed.
Our weekend started out with a wonderful surprise on Saturday evening. My sister, Beth, invited us to her house for a little picnic that night, with strict orders not to arrive until 6:00. Normally I wouldn’t question something like a start-time of 6:00, but the day before she told us to come a bit earlier. To make a long story very short, the time had to be changed because she had to drive to the airport to pick up our baby sister who flew in from Hawaii a week early to surprise us!
We walked into her house that evening, and I hurriedly began getting situated with the boys, when I heard a small voice yell, “Surprise!” At first, I honestly didn’t know who it was until she stepped out into the kitchen where she wasn’t hidden in the shadow of the hallway. Many happy tears and hugs later, we were able to all get over the shock and took some time for a few photos!
She’s gorgeous, isn’t she? I’m totally jealous of her natural beauty. I can assure you that she is beautiful both inside and out! It’s been 5 months since she’s seen Luca, her Godson. He sure has changed since the last time she was able to hold him! These two immediately clicked with each other and it was adorable to watch unfold.
Sunday evening, we attended a graduation party in which Jonah swam by himself (with floaties of course) for the first time. I was so proud of his fearlessness. Would you believe that in a matter of 5 minutes he was jumping off the side of the pool, completely submerging himself in water? The best part was the huge smile on his face the entire time. We definitely have a water baby on our hands, and I can’t wait to take him swimming this summer! Beth’s new house has a pool, so guess where we’ll be every day?
Today, we attended the Memorial Day service in our hometown. It was a beautiful tribute to those we owe our freedom.
It is so important for us to expose the boys to patriotism, no matter how young they may be. Although they don’t understand exactly why we chose to sit in the hot sun and sit still for half an hour, someday they will. As parents, we lead by example. I hope that in the years to come the boys grow to appreciate all that our service men and women do for us and our freedoms.
I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day with your families. Always remember the reason for this truly powerful day. We are only here because of those that fought for us.
What did you do this weekend?