What another beautiful day it was today. I was able to get up and get out on my walk early this morning. It is an incredible feeling to be able to look up at those beautiful mountains and walk. I have had such a wonderful vacation. What a treat to be here and just enjoy myself. It has been so much fun. Of course there is never enough time to visit everyone and that is hard for me. I had hoped to visit with a few friends since I have been here but, I haven't even finished visiting all my family yet.
I also was able to finish a novel that Shirley had. Of course it is a Christmas story, you know me, I like Christmas all year long! :) It really was good book with a great moral to it. Here is what it said in the inside cover...#1 New York Times bestselling author and renowned radio and television host Gleen Beck delivers an instant holiday classic about boyhood memories, wrenching life lessons, and the true meaning of the gifts we give to one another in love.
Here is a quote from the book... "WE WEREN'T WEALTHY, WE WEREN'T POOR...WE JUST WERE. WE NEVER WANTED FOR ANYTHING, EXCEPT MAYBE MORE TIME TOGETHER..."
I thought alot about the gifts that I give away. Sometimes they may not seem like much, but they are given from the heart. It has been a different experience to be here in such a wealthy neighborhood. Some of these homes are enormous, they have their own pools, bowling alleys and tennis courts. I have to remind myself not to be envious and how rich I am, because I truly realized during my cancer that all that I ever wanted....I had. And like the quote in the book, all I was wanting was... more time together with Jeff and the kids. I am very grateful that I was granted that!
Then I called Amy for her birthday today. Some times when I look at my kids I can't believe that they are so grown up and 2 of them have families of their own. Where did the time go? Amy always laughs and says that she was the guinea pig of the family, because she was the first. I sure there is some truth in that statement but, I think every position in the family order has it's pros and cons. I remember how hot it was this time 26 years ago today. I felt huge and actually I didn't gain that much weight but when Amy was born ....she weighed 10 lbs 1oz, that was a big baby. I was in labor for over 20 some hours, only to find out that she wasn't going to come out the regular way and so I was put to sleep when they did a C-section. I had always heard about the instant bond that mothers have with their babies when they first see them but since I was asleep I missed all that.
When Jeff woke me up in the recovery room, he just kept saying "you were right Lynn, it was Amy and she had dark brown hair and weights over 10lbs." I just smiled because I thought he must be joking with me, how in the world would we have a baby that big and with brown hair? When they first put her in my arms and I remember even during the whole night, I kept wondering how I could know for sure that she was my baby? It was a weird feeling to be put asleep and then wake up and have a big beautiful baby put into your arms. Amy slept alot that night but I held her most of the time and just kept staring at her. I kept wondering when I was going to get that connection feeling. Then the early the next morning, Jeff arrived at the hospital early and the first thing he said was " how are my girls this morning? He went over and picked up Amy and said "How is Daddy's little girl doing?" At that moment when I saw Jeff pick her up and kiss her, I knew that was our Amy girl and the excitement never stopped from then on. I still get happy to see Amy, she is a bundle of excitement, energy and happiness. That is saying a lot in today's world. So Happy Birthday my dear Amy girl, we are so glad that you came to our family.
At noon we were able to go to a park and meet up with my youngest brother and his family. The kids are just too cute and they seemed happy to be with Aunt Lynn. I miss them so much and do wish that we lived closer so that I could go to their activities and have them over to my home. They have really grown and once again I realized how time has flown by.
Later in the evening Shirley and I went out to a sale at a local department store. We had so much fun, we were in one big dressing room with over 50 different items that we brought in and took out, a little at a time. We laught and carried on for over an hour. We kept reminding ourselves how much better we would look this summer, if we could just 10lbs. Then we would talk about how much harder it is getting to lose weight (especially compared to when we were younger). Any way, I am sure the store was more than happy when we left but...we really had fun.
So it was a beautiful day and once again I feel grateful that I have been able to take this time away to relax, visit family and just enjoy doing nothing. Thank you for your love and friendship, like the book was all about...
AND THE ENDEARMENTS
FILL THE MIND
WITH GREAT PLEASURE." ~Edmund Burke
"IF YOU HAVE NOTHING IN LIFE
BUT A GREAT FRIEND, YOU'RE RICH." ~ Michelle Kwan
and I would add A GREAT FAMILY !