Sunday, September 02, 2012

Finally

The last time I was able to come back to my hometown and see my family was in March. My hysterectomy surgery made it impossible for a few months, and then the lack of paid vacation time put a further cramp in those plans.

But I'm happy to say that I've spent the last few days firmly within the arms of my family. It's been glorious.

Helping my mom bake when I was little.
I made chocolate chip cookies with my grandma, watched my nephew's high school football game, had a rousing discussion on politics with my dad, wandered around my brother's farm and pet cute little farm kitties, and reminisced with everyone about the good old days while sitting in my grandma's living room. Today I went to church with my mom and we just finished putting a cake in the oven. We're making jello cake, one of my favorite recipes from my childhood.

I've pretty much stayed off-line and I really haven't missed it at all. I've been far too busy enjoying the company of my family.

I've loved every minute of it.

This is exactly what I've needed for the past few months. The summer heat, the drought we're in (it's even worse in western Nebraska, where I'm at now), and the battles with my health have taken their toll. I needed a change of scenery, and coming back home has been a wonderful antidote to my less than stellar emotional mood.

As it's Labor Day tomorrow, I don't have to work - hurrah! - though I do have a six hour drive ahead of me. That's ok. It's been worth it.

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  1. It sounds like you have had a wonderful time. Such a blessing to have your family around you.
    We have Labour Day too, but it's the last Monday of October for us. It's the traditional time to plant the spring vegie garden and to make the Christmas cake - then wrap it up in brown paper with weekly doses of sherry until Christmas.
    Enjoy your drive home :)

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    1. The drive home was so monotonous - until the Lord decided to give us the gift of a beautiful rainbow. It stretched perfectly over the highway. Just loved it!

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  2. You sound happy:) So glad you could get back home for a nice visit--enjoy your time and safe driving today!

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    1. It was definitely needed - I miss my family!

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  3. This was wonderful to read; we all need the comforts of home to recharge and rest. So so so glad you had the opportunity!

    Is that the Jello cake where you poke holes into a cake, then pour Jello over it? I always loved those!

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    1. Yep, that's the type of cake - we used raspberry jello and it turned out YUMMY!

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  4. Sounds wonderful. Love the photo... so adorable! :)

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    1. Thank you. :) I was a messy baker even then!

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  5. That sounds just what you needed. Glad you are feeling restored again - take care!

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    1. Yes - I'm feeling MUCH better. Thank you!

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  6. I remember that wall paper from my own childhood!
    Glad you had a great time-it does sound like it was just what you needed:) Hugs, my dear!

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    1. Getting out of Dodge every few months is a MUST! :)

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  7. We live close to family, so I use vacation to get away from them. Just joking. Looks like you had a great time visiting. Family is so important.

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    1. LOL. I only have my brother nearby - everyone else is 450 miles away. I actually wish that I lived closer!

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  8. The word "home" says so much.

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