Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mid-Summer's Dream?

Unfortunately, it's not been the summer of dreams, or even the one I planned. My brother, Trevor, and his wife were not able to make their planned visit in June, so that was disappointing, but they're happily expecting a baby girl in November. Since I intend to take my vacation to Colorado this year at Thanksgiving, I'm excited that she will arrive just before my visit so I can spoil her for a moment, before she's all grown up.

I missed yet another Richardson Family Reunion in June also. I used to look forward to them every year, and I miss them terribly. It was something my Grandmother begged be carried on, and it has, even without me. I miss my cousins so much! Unfortunately, I'm probably the only one that doesn't have the means, to or look forward to, the camping in the middle of nowhere, so it's not only far, but quite an expense for this city girl, so it seems to pass me by every year. It makes me sad, but I pray my family passes on my love to everyone, that I haven't seen in probably 10 years. (Gosh, that makes me feel old). I love seeing everyone else's blog with their creativity (its sickening how talented some people are), pictures, and being able to get a peek into how they and their evolving families are doing. I feel like I don't know any of them anymore, so it's my secret tie so I don't feel too far lost. My parents have never been the best at keeping me informed.

The Nielsen Family Reunion is this weekend in my hometown and I have to miss that one too. My cousins from here are all going, so it's a bit sad that I'm the one left behind, especially since they'll get to see my parents and siblings and I won't. I hope they have a wonderful time though, especially Michele, as she truly deserves a break, for surviving cancer and taking care of me all these years. She's such a blessing! My Grandfather (Dad's Dad) is going downhill and it may be the last chance for many of the family to see him, so it will be a good reunion for everyone.

It's hard to believe Summer is already half over! I'm grateful, only because this heat is so miserable to me, but it's still hard to believe the year is already over halfway over also. The older I get the faster time flies! I'm trying to focus on myself and take some time out from the distractions of dating. I am trying to get out of my "hermit" mode and make myself get out more and try to get back to having somewhat of a life. I hope to do that and still be able to do the things I need to in order to make it in the desert on my own. I wouldn't have it any other way, but it's never been easy, so I just keep my fingers crossed and keep trudging.

I'm looking forward to Fall, for the cooler weather, and because it's closer to the end of a miserable year and closer to the holidays so I can see my family (hopefully). I could do without getting another year older though! All I can do is hope it gets better and pray the next year is a better one!

God bless you all!