Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Flying home for a nice, long visit!
The kids and I are flying back home to where my side of the family lives (in the Midwest) and we couldn't be more excited! Oronzo has to stay here and work, but he doesn't mind. I think my large, boisterous family is somewhat overwhelming to him at times.

Extended family has always been important to me and I want it to be important to my children, especially since they were adopted. It's possible that I work extra hard to maintain those extended family connections, even with the distance, so that my kids feel connected to our families. I believe the fact that her son would be a part of a large extended family was appealing to Snuggle Bug's birth parents. I'm not sure if it mattered to Boo's bio mother either way.

The kids are finally to an age where they are remembering all of their relatives and beginning to understand how everyone is connected (i.e. their grandmother is my mother, their aunt is my sister). It warms my heart to hear the excitement as they talk about this upcoming visit. They can't wait to see their 8 cousins! They've been marking the days off the calendar for about a month now.

We're flying back home for 10 days! I'm pulling Snuggle Bug out of school. My father's health is quite fragile right now so I feel it's important for them to see him, possibly one last time. Thankfully, Snuggle Bug's teachers are understanding and are sending homework with us so that he won't get behind.

Two more days until we board the airplane that will take us to my family!! I can't wait!!!

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At 7:44 PM, Anonymous Ms. Kathleen said...

What a blast that will be! I wish I could be with my family for the holiday. Larry's family is HUGE... Beyond HUGE! We don't fit in one house anymore! ha! Have a blessed and super fun time and take a lot of photos!

Safe travels, God Bless!

At 8:41 AM, Anonymous Ms. Kathleen said...

How was your trip?

At 12:48 AM, Blogger Meegan said...

It's been a while since I visited your blog. How was your trip? I hope it was lots of fun! My husband's family is from Michigan, and we haven't had the chance to take the kids back there yet. One of these days we hope to!

At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Kathleen said...

What's going on with you girl? Keep in touch!

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