Family. That was the prompt, right? Write something about family. Well, if there is anything I know right now, it's family. I'm up to my damn eyeballs in family. God help me.
My oldest child's birthday was yesterday. She is now 14. I can't possibly be old enough to have a 14 year old child, can I? I feel like I was just 19 yesterday. On second thought, after yesterday, I do feel that old. We celebrated her birth with cupcakes and ice cream and friends and music and well, what could be better than that?
Two days from now, we will bury her grandmother, my mother-in-law, who died a week ago today. A birthday and a funeral, like little bookends. The only big event missing from this week is a wedding. A good friend of mine recently got divorced... does that count?
Is it just me, or is a post that was supposed to be about Family turned into a post about Life? I suppose they are inseparable for many of us. And for me, that's a pretty damn good thing. I know there are people out there who have no one. No parents or kids or siblings or cousins. I know these people exist. And I can honestly say I cannot even begin to imagine what that life must be like, for better or worse. (Freedom sounds pretty good sometimes.) But I have NEVER felt like I am on my own. Even if I hadn't created this little family in my house, I always have my mom and grandparents to lean on... as long as they are alive, I don't doubt that. When they're gone... well I really just can't think about that.
And you know what? I know that Ever will have that same foundation, that same safety net. With Maggie May and Mr. Curry and Lola and Ian and Dakota. That Ever is a super lucky girl.
Let's all help them say "hello baby!"
You can help offset the cost of early parenthood by contributing an amount comfortable for you to the BABY LOVE 4-EVER MATERNITY FUND:
The Currys are registered at BABIESRUS. Their registry can be accessed by name: Maggie Ethridge or Registry #: 46171571
And stop by these sites for Ever's Virtual Baby Shower!
This bit stolen from Ms. Moon:
And oh- even if you can't donate (and that is okay! I promise!) go to Maggie's place and leave your comments, your good wishes, your welcome to Ever Elizabeth. That may be the most important part of all.