The Holiday season is here and we’re so excited to have you join our family.
GPS our new address… you’ll get lost, everyone does when they come to the house. Please be sure to call and ask me (Mom Ashley) for directions. I have no sense of direction so I’ll get you more lost. We’ll laugh and laugh as dad takes the phone to get you home… you’re almost here!
When you pull up to the house we run out to greet you. I get to give you hugs first, because… I’m Mom and I always get the first hug. J Dad has a tear in his eye he’s so happy to see you. Your little sister is close behind, clutching her new dinosaur (she’s four and loves dinos). Aidan and ‘B’ are on the couch with their iPads. They’re thrilled to see you but you’d never know. They are lazy teenagers! Kelly, your oldest sibling always has endless optimism. You two have a special bond. Kelly claimed gender neutrality many years ago and we love watching her explore and discover who she is. Just like you, we support her journey within the LGBTQ community. We are so proud you both are part of our family. We commend you and her for being true to who you are and loving yourselves.
I sure hope you like dogs! They are going to love you. Well, except for the little black one, her name is Priscilla. She’ll give you a couple growls but once you get on the couch she’ll be the first in your lap for cuddles. Dug and Olive Oyl will be begging for your attention all night.
We have a special ornament for you to hang on the tree. Grandma buys them for you and your siblings every year so you’ll have your own collection soon. Can you smell the pine? We picked the tree a couple weeks ago. The ornaments are sloppy and the tree is falling – just the way we like it. Jase, your little sister did most of the decorating and the tree is a perfect mess.
Speaking of mess… the kitchen is in full roar getting ready for everyone to arrive. Papa is bringing the turkey as always. We’re fast at working making mash potatoes and gravy and other tasty sides. I’ve started peeling the apples for my famous apple pie – I’d love your help. We’re going to stuff ourselves silly this afternoon
Everyone is soon to arrive so let’s take a moment on the couch with dad. We can’t wait to hear all about what you’ve been up to. You’re such a special and integral part of our family. Your hopes and dreams matter so much to us as does your happiness. You are a beautiful, kind and amazing soul. We love you.