The trip was different than I was anticipating, as we were busy helping Aunt Peggy with some "elder care" needs of my grandparents. It made me think alot about the future and growing old (truthfully, I do not look forward to it). I must give an amazing shout out to Peggy and Bill for all their INCREDIBLE patience and diligent love toward G&G. We are so thankful for you both!! This trip made me long to be near my family once again. Shannon and I rack our brains constantly trying to figure out when we will be able to live closer. I miss mom and dad and S&S and just long for the day when we can drive to dinner together and enjoy all family functions together. Having Maggie makes me long for this even more. I grew up very close-knit with extended family members and want this desperately for her. Yet, where is home? We have lived in quite a few places, and it's just hard to know where we would like to end up. And in this same vein, we would also like to be near Aron's family (who are also all spread out). California makes sense to us in many ways, but then again, I wonder if my immediate family would ever end up there again. Sigh. It's really hard to know. All of this has been a topic of conversation recently with friends, discussing the concepts of "home" and "roots." I'm not sure I have any clearer answers, but it's good to know that I'm not alone in wanting to be settled.
In the meantime, here are some photos of my trip:
Mags and Gpa
I just love how she is looking at the spoon here!
Mags sitting in Great Aunt Peggy's (we call her GAP...hehe) highchair that she used when she was little. Mags has also taken to preferring spoons, Tupperware, and straws to any of her toys.
Who couldn't love this face?!
Sistas! A little shiny, but hey, it's still cute. :)
My girlfriend, Abbey from Bible college days, lives in OKC. It was fun to reconnect with her and have her meet Mags.