It is so good to see you again! I want to hear everything that is going on in your life! What a year it has been, life has been very full with children growing and milestones being reached. Tasha got married and Catrina is graduating from high school. They are a little busy in their own homes this evening (though they send their love) but this gives us a chance to spend the evening with just you, Reese and I. I can’t wait to hear about how your year was and what wonderful milestones you have reached. Goodness I have been so excited to see you that I am getting ahead of myself.
Come in the kitchen, lets get you something to drink before we head into the living room and get caught up. Dinner will be a bit yet, lets go see Reese in the living room. I was hoping you would help me decorate the tree this year, with the girls being busy it is just Reese and I and we would appreciate the help. I am not sure if you remember but we get a new unique ornament for the tree every year, I was at a craft fair and I found a beautiful new ornament for you this year too!
Hey it looks like Reese got the lights on the tree! Thank you honey, now we can get the ornaments on. The boxes are in the basement, would you mind helping Reese get them?
I just have to get the pellet trap off of the Christmas box. Did Tasha tell you, on her birthday, instead of blowing out the candle on her cake, I got her to shoot the flame off with the pellet rifle? She did on the first try! She only hit the wick, not the candle. The student is surpassing the teacher. That’s how it should be, I guess.
Too bad we don’t have enough time for you to give it a try. Well, you’ll get lots of chances to play if the Nerf guns come out after dinner. There was another Nerf war on Thanksgiving again this year. Carin actually got video of it. Thanksgiving was on Grandpa Jim’s birthday this year so we sent him the video. He said it gave him a great laugh. I got a new Nerf gun for the battle this year. One battle, and two of the five darts are gone to be with the missing socks. Can’t find them anywhere.
One of these boxes is heavier than the other one. You want the heavier one? I appreciate the offer, but the old man’s not that old yet! Well, okay, you can take the heavier one if you really want to. Sometimes I forget just how strong you are.
Thank you for your help with the tree! Once you put your new ornament on the tree it will be perfect! I am so thankful that you came this evening, the tree is always more beautiful when we have family help us decorate. I am not sure if you have noticed, but we define family as people who love each other and are dedicated to supporting and loving each other no matter the situation. Last year we spoke of the family quilt and how each person is a wonderful and unique patch and the love we have for each other is the yarn that holds all the unique patches together. Every time we support each other the yarn gets stronger and with every new patch the quilt becomes more beautiful and keeps us warm when it is cold. You are an important patch in our family quilt.
Lets go get dinner on the table. We feel it is important to give thanks for everything that we have been blessed with, one these blessings, is you.
Before you go, lets get a picture of the three of us with the tree, I will text it to you and the girls so they can see what an excellent job we did!
Darling, I know it could be a year before we see each other, but know in your heart that you are loved and respected. Next year, if you are with someone special, bring them with you, we will welcome them with open arms.
Love you every day.
Mom Carin and Dad Reese