Mother’s Day 2017

Happy Mother’s Day, 2017!

I truly hope you get to celebrate Mom, whether it is by visiting yours, or with family coming over to visit with you.

Around my world, Mother’s Day is very different this year.  Our eldest daughter is celebrating her first Mother’s Day this year.  Her daughter is just an absolute joy to be around, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a overly biased Grandpa.  Last month, she had her first big adventure, flying down to Florida to visit with her Daddy’s extended family.  Reports are that she charmed everyone on the flights.

We don’t get to see her as much as we would like, but we do see her quite a bit, and we truly cherish those times.  She is 8 and a half months old now, and already we wonder where the time has gone.

The walls and distance are too great to be able to see our other daughter and granddaughter.  Life will do that sometimes.  They say that Love Can Build a Bridge, and we hope that someday that bridge can be built, but until then we can only wait.  All I can do is continue to send my love to her and her daughter (and her father), and hope that they all know how much we love and miss them.

Then, we have a 9 year old running around our house.  As she navigates all the drama of Third Grade, as well as life in general, I truly wish I could fix it all.  But instead, all I can do is be her “Grampy” when she needs it most.

As for our Mom’s, my wife’s Mom passed away last month.  She had been in pain for a long time, but now her pain is gone and she is at peace.  While the family still mourns, we also continue to celebrate a life well lived.

My Mom got the news yesterday that her older brother had passed away that morning.  She had flown down to Texas last month to spend a week with him and his family, as cancer wreaked havoc on his body.  While his pain is now gone, the family is in mourning and adjusting.  Fortunately for my Mom, two of my siblings live next door to her, so she has that immediate support.  I am making plans to see her soon.

A lot has happened over the past year.  Much has changed in the Circle of Life, and that is as it should be.

I send out a huge “Thank You” to all Mom’s everywhere.  You are all loved.