In a couple of emails and comments from good friends I have found such encouragement. One friend encouraged me to redeem the time with my husband and make good memories. Being here with Toby (and Canada last fall) have been great. When you marry your best friend and someone who makes you laugh, life will never be dull. Lust helps too. We have such great adventures and truly enjoy our time together. Of course, we enjoy our children too. I know that someday when Jesse finds a husband and moves off, I will miss her terribly. She has been my joy for a long time, but I know that Toby and I can survive and prosper alone. At this stage in our lives having her around is great, but when it is just the two of us, it is still good.
My friend Dawn encouraged me to make good memories with my Mom. Sometimes I get wrapped up in the little things that make me crazy, the worries of providing entertainment, etc. Dawn reminded me to just enjoy the time with Mom. We won't pass this way again. It was a reminder to enjoy and make memories with Jesse too. Someday she will leave home and I will remember when with just a look we started laughing at Mom/grandma sitting on the beach looking like a homeless lady with her toboggan way up on her head. I will think about Jesse talking me into posing for some crazy photo, and I will have the photo of me looking silly.
This has been a great trip, but I am ready for home. I miss my grand babies. Thanks to Nana, Jesse, and Ashley for sending me Grand Baby stories. I miss my dogs. My friend Sherry let Ranger, the spoiled rat terrier, snuggle beside her and she even took him on the four-wheeler and sent me emails to let me know that he was okay. Thanks Sherry.