I have these two cousins, Chelsey and Caitlyn. They're older (in their 20s) and they are sisters and they love one another so well. Caitlyn is Chelsey's heart and Caitlyn adores Chelsey. And, although my sisters and I love one another, I wouldn't say we love one another well. Honestly, there's too much jealousy and competition among us. Even when I go through times where I think it has died something happens to remind me it hasn't.
When we were in SSI last week Alec asked me, "Mom, how do you think the three of us will be, more like your side of the family or more like Dad's side of the family?"
My family and I talk often, but it seems as though someone is always mad at someone. Mama may be Kristen at me or Melissa may be mad at me. It always seems someone feels "left out." Jon's family, on the other hand, they don't talk that often or do much together. However, when they are together there is unity, peace, and enjoyment of one another.
So, to answer Alec's question I really prefer neither. I want them all to love one another well like what I see in Chelsey and Caitlyn. I pray they will have a loving relationship among one another and their families as they get older.
Jesus is so sweet to give me glimpses of their love for one another even right now as pre-teens and teenagers.
Ash has been at Mercer Soccer Camp all week. This is her first away from home camp. However, we would go down at night and watch her games. One night at one of her games Jon was pretty frustrated with her. Nah, he was angry with her. He didn't hold back his feelings. I was angry at him for being angry at her. Hanna immediately came to Ash's defense. And, later, I learned that Alec sent Ash this long text. Ash showed me the length of the text and it was really long. However, she wouldn't let me read it. . . darn it!!! She did tell me he told her she needed to be herself because when she is herself everyone loves her like they do a sister. MELT.MY.HEART.
We go and pick Ash up today. Hanna let Ash know she was glad she was back because "she gets freaked out at night when she's not there." (they share a room) I hear ALL the stinkin' time about how the girls want their own room. However, it looks like Hanna finds comfort in her big sister sleeping in the same room with her. SO.VERY.SWEET.
On Alec's 18th birthday I saw on Ash's instagram she posted a picture of the two of them and said she loved him and was going to miss him sooooooooooo much when he left for college. LOVE.LOVE.THIS.
I'm always thankful for these glimpses and I pray they will grow bigger and bigger and better and better.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Jon being apart of the President's Club at work landed us a trip to Hawk's Cay in the Florida Keys.
Here we are at the airport with our President Club hats.
This is outside of our room.
We ordered room service.
And, we ate it on our balcony.
After paddleboarding we went kayaking in the ocean for two hours. This was my favorite thing we did. We rented a double kayak. We laughed so much and so hard. It was so fun having this adventure on the roaring high seas (not really, but that's just for dramatic effect). Seriously, though, it was neat being in the great ocean in a little boat with the one I love.
We also got to see dolphins back at the resort.