Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Home sweet home...

When I was six, my dad married a beautiful, sweet woman named Micki, with an adorable one year-old son, Reid. They were the perfect addition to our family. When I think back on my childhood, my memories are filled with the joyous times we all shared.

Everyone was shocked a month ago when she passed away suddenly from a brain aneurysm.

This past week, we drove from Washington to California for her memorial service and some much needed time with family.

Before the service on Saturday, we drove to the coast to visit my mama, sister Hanna, brother, stepdad and friends. We had a wonderful time.

The kids were very glad to play at their favorite park.

My handsome husband, my beautiful sister and
lovely Ruth

Aunt Hanna and Ruth

Daddy playing


Hanna and I, and the twins

Visiting our dear friends, the Barkers
Baby Weston

Josiah and his pals, Jack and Caleb

Another adorable Weston

Layla, Leanne and Weston

Ian and Hannah
Layla and Weston

Josiah and Caleb

My handsome little man turned
five while we were there!

My sister having fun with
her niece and nephew

My handsome husband
My mama and I
Then on to my dad's...

I got to meet my niece, Addison for
the first time!

My brother Mike with his baby and
my girls
His lovely wife Stephanie with Layla and

Hannah and I

My brothers, Christian and Reid
The boys having some musical talk
A family picture

A lesson I have learned is to not let relationships slip away. I am so greatful that I was given the chance to get my brother Reid back into my life. I had neglected that relationship and, sadly we have missed too many years of each others lives. We can make up for that now though, and we will.
Me, Reid, Dad, Christian and Mike

Micki, you are so lovely, and I know
you are at peace in the presence of our Lord.
Thank you for being you.
Thank you for loving me.
I love you.


...they call me mommy... said...

Glad that your trip went well, Amy! Blessing to your family! :)

Leanne Barker said...

come back!!!!!!

Miss Jocelyn said...

Aww, I'm so sorry about your mother. Beautiful post to her.

Laura Lee said...

What a testimony to God's grace in your life!! COming from a broken family myself, and having many friends from them too, one does not hear these tales of love and thankfulness enough. Thanks for sharing yours.