Friday, May 22, 2009

Connecting with home

I've spent more than ten years in the big city, away from my family and many dear friends. I totally dig living in NYC, but lately I've longed for my loved ones back home. Seeing them, catching up with them, hugging them and laughing with them earlier this month filled me up to overflowing! I felt so strengthened and reassured in my current path. Knowing they love me made me feel full of joy.

Want to meet some of the people I love?

My beautiful mom, who roots for me always, even when following my dreams takes me far, far away, and hermanacita, who makes me laugh, laugh, laugh....

My crawfish (even though spell-check insists it's crayfish) cooking Papa-Bear....(oh I need to post about our crawfish boil! What fun it was!!!)....

The Four A's (re-nicknamed the A-team on this trip) who were my constant high school confidantes, cheerleaders and conspirators....

My best college friend, who gives the most awesome hugs....

Sisters and mothers and in-laws....

A New York friend who is out West for college. She is delightfully smart, extremely funny and great company....


My grandpa, who is so deeply devoted to my grandma, even through her Alzheimers, and my grandma who I still love talking with....

My other grandma, who inspired me to start quilting and taught me how to bake a good loaf of bread...

A (2nd?) cousin (once removed?) who is my age and used to be a favorite playmate and pen pal. So fun to get back in touch....

And Hhhh-era, who has the most fabulous wit and had the gall to move to a place where you are worried about snakes and scorpions instead of subway rats and yappy dogs...

(Ok, this pic of us is several years old, but I was silly and didn't take a picture of us together this trip!)

And still, there are so many more people I wish I'd been able to see! (You could come to Women's Conference next year, you know! :) I guess it just gives me lunch dates and cousin barbeque's to look forward to this summer! I'm so grateful I'm connected to these people! They love me and pray for me...I can feel it!

Who fills you with joy and makes you feel loved?

6 comments:

J.B. Wonderblogger said...

She's just your straight-up second cousin. Her kids will be your second-cousins-once-removed. And as far as people that I love, well, YOU are in the top four (can I say top two, is that fair? I'm not sure if it's true, I mean really how do you measure these things?). You are up there.

Amy said...

Thank you for introducing us to the people who love you. You are lucky indeed - not only because you have them, but because you appreciate them.

Jessica said...

It was so nice to meet your family! I'm a big family person and it is so nice to see others who value family as well!

Samantha said...

this so made my day!i love that you love so openly! i've been taking notes.
love you,
sam

BUMBLE BEANS said...

great post! I'm feeling the love you share! just back from seeing some of my own! tea this week?

Alexis said...

What a lovely family you have! Thanks for sharing them with us.