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 –