A Reason to Celebrate

Last weekend my extended family had reason to celebrate – My cousin Ben was home from Iraq on leave for a week.  His younger brother just got back from basic training and his brother-in-law got back from Iraq a couple months ago.  It was the first time we have all been together in about a year.  My aunt Sheri (Ben’s mom) offered to throw the party, we offered to provide the location.  We were so disappointed that morning to wake up to cloudy skies.   But, as the first car pulled in the sun started to peek out.  By the time everyone was here. the sun was shining.

If you take a closer look at this picture, you can see our backyard has some serious slope.  We have decided to use that to our advantage by making a giant slip-n-slide.  A $30 roll of plastic, a hose and air mattresses provide hours of entertainment for young and old!





As the day drew to a close, we said our good-byes.  Everyone kept commenting on what a perfect day it was – wasn’t it great that everyone could come (out of 35 people, that’s a small miracle!).  All I could think about was it wasn’t quite perfect, and not everyone could make it.  We were short one –

  In memory of our cousin Shawn.  We lost him 1 year ago and he would have loved this day.  We miss you Shawn . . . . . . .

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3 Responses to A Reason to Celebrate

  1. Louise says:

    I agree that Ben being home is a reason to celebrate. Big hugs to him and our most humble thank you to him and others like him serving our country. They are the best kind of heroes..

  2. Sherryl says:

    This blog brought back so many memories for me of times at the beach. Wonderful! God bless your military relatives.

  3. Sue Dee says:

    Today is April 18, 2015. so glad you are capturing these memories in your blog so I can share your joy.

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