This weekend was the absolute best. The reality of living away from my family really sank in after we bought our house, my brother moved back home, and my sister accepted a job where she'll be moving back home in about month. I know God brought us here for this season in our lives for a reason, so I'm not lamenting the fact that we're apart, but it doesn't make it any easier. I'm just so thankful for the times when we are together because dang, I love my family. My parent's house was lit up with so much love and joy over the weekend, and for that I am thankful.
We arrived home Friday evening to find out my mom decked the house out in red, white, and blue to celebrate Thomas becoming a citizen! My family even gave him a gift of a red, white, and blue shirt and a Captain American flannel underwear shirt haha! What can I say, they are very patriotic!
We had a big American feast on Saturday night, complete with hot dogs, burgers, potato chips, pickles, and macaroni and cheese. Like I said, my mom went all out with the American festivities! We had cookie cake during the day and my mom's homemade apple pie a la mode with caramel sauce for dessert at night. We spent the evening bundled up around the fire pit in the backyard, drinking homemade hot chocolate as we laughed, chatted, and reminisced. Pure bliss.Oliver, naturally, was the star of the weekend. It is such a joy to see the blessing that he is to our family! He was absolutely delighted by my brother pulling him around the house in his little chariot all weekend!
He was also enthralled by my parent's Golden Retriever, Charlie. He had the most smug grin on his face every time he saw him, and he'd reach out his hand to touch him, but then pull it back so quickly like he was nervous! He crawled up to Charlie one time while he was laying down and very gently pet him, and it was just about the cutest thing I've ever seen!
My brother and his girlfriend even humored me by letting me use them as models to practice my picture taking at the park over the weekend. They make a good pair, those two.
It went by way too quickly, but it was enough to power me through the next week and a half until I see everyone again for Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for the gift of family.