Wow! It was a long and tiring trip but we are back and the routine of daily life is back. We traveled about 2400 miles round trip the last few days. We left early Thursday morning and drove through about 21-22 hours. Three days of intense family over the weekend and we took a little more leisurely two days to get back home. Still that was over ten hours a day in the van and the kids get quite restless, as do the adults. But we survived the long weekend to celebrate the 65th anniversary of my husband’s parents.
Not all of the family were able to make the trip. One grand daughter and her family, including two young children live in Japan and it wasn’t feasible for them to be there. One of my husband’s sisters was ill, in the hospital as I understood, and could not make the trip. My son-in-law just started as a permanent employee at his job so was unable to take time off. There were a total of seven family members not there. Those that were there including my mother-in-law’s sister and her husband and her daughter-in-law and her daughter totaled something like 39 people from the family plus one at the church dinner that mom has adopted. Forty people. That is a lot and seven were missing.
I remember when they celebrated their 50th anniversary, none of the grand kids had gotten married yet. The family consisted of their four adult children and their spouses and the nine grand children. So their immediate family including themselves was a total of 19 people. Now, fifteen years later there are an additional eight spouses for the grand children and 16 great grands for a grand total of something like 43 people. The family has more than doubled in size. Granted there are a lot of us who have married into the family, but that is what families do, they merge and grow.
While I was traveling I did get to reading a couple of books that I’ve set aside for personal reading. I have a few more pages to finish the second one. They are non-fiction books but I may review them on Friday anyway. There are other books by this same author that I want to read and he’s got some videos that I’d like to watch too. He provides the Biblical version of the Ancient Aliens program. I’ve always thought that my idea of what was/is actually going on was more accurate than the proposed theories in the History Channel program Ancient Aliens. But I loved to watch the program to see places I’d never be able to visit in person and to see video of strange events occurring around the globe. This fellow states what I’ve believed all along. All the unexplained megalithic structures, the UFO phenomenon and other things are all part of the spiritual battle that is being waged and will ultimately conclude at the end of the age when, Yeshua/Jesus, the Messiah, returns. This is a subject for another blog post though. I’ve written other posts about it and will probably write more in the future as well.
I did get to spend time with all of my children and grand children over this past weekend and it was nice to have everyone in one place at the same time. The only person missing was my son-in-law and it’s sad that he had to work and couldn’t be part of the gathering.
The day that the entire family had lunch at my in-laws house it was an overwhelming experience for me. I knew that there would be a lot of people and a lot of children and that it would be loud and noisy. I was only prepared intellectually. Sure, I live in a house with four adults and three children. That is nothing compared to the crew at mom and dad’s house – NOTHING. I was not really prepared and the frenetic energy, the loud cacophony and the crowded conditions really overwhelmed my senses. There were a few small children who were also overwhelmed. I left the room and sat outside to keep from just breaking down in tears. Those poor children though couldn’t just walk out like I could. One was not yet walking and couldn’t do anything more than scream and cry to let out his feelings. I know it was embarrassing to mom and dad, but, the poor child was as overwhelmed as I was and I certainly don’t hold it against him or for one minute think that he is normally that way. I’m surprised there were not more children having a hard time with the crowd and noise. But, the little girl cousins were all playing together and there was a pretty good group of little boys from 2-5 who played together too. It was mostly the littlest ones that had a hard time coping, and me…
The actual celebration dinner was at the church and the space was bigger so not as overwhelming for me as the crowded conditions at mom’s. With several new great grands the ones who’ve had babies this past year were presented with quilts for the babies that were made by ladies at the church who make quilts for new babies, for hospitals, nursing homes and for missions. That is a wonderful ministry those ladies do. They also presented a card and cash to my daughter and her family to celebrate the adoption of her two boys that was finalized on September 12th this year.
Okay, I guess that pretty much gets everyone updated on what I did on my ‘vacation’ if that is what a family reunion can be called.
Blessings to everyone!