Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday's Musings: Our Anchor

This past week my family of four had the chance to vacation with the rest of my family of 14.  It was five days full of excitement, turmoil, fun, laughs, some tears, yelling and many slams of the front door of the cottage.

I had the chance to see my nephew bond with my kids.  We don't see each other often enough so I didn't realize how well everyone got along.  The big kids took care of the little kids.  It was a special time.

We were in South Maine...York Beach, Old Orchard Beach, Wells and Saco.  I got to revisit many of the places I adored as a child.  Interesting to live it again as a parent watching my two fall in love with the simplicity and fun of it all. 

We all bombarded my grandmother's and grandfather's house.  They are both 87 years old.  They have been married for 66 years.  They were holding hands while we were getting ready for the family photo.  It is really inspiring.  I loved that house and all the adventures it held. 

The man at the center of the trip is my dad.  He treated us this vacation, took care of our houses and our water park passes.  He really is an anchor in our world.  It was beyond awesome to see him and Steve connect on a whole new level.  Each night ended with drinks and talks until 1:00 in the morning.  Steve is so much like my dad.

I consider myself a lucky lady.

I love how she is looking at my dad here.  I have looked at him like that a million times in life.  With awe and love.
I used the Family Stories collection from Teresa Collins to make this layout!  What a great line...full of endless possibilities.

This collection will help me document so many family moments.  One of the greatest involves our love for our dad.  Thanks for the great time and the chance to build memories with each other!

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