This past weekend my fam jam came to town! That was wonderful! I really enjoy getting to see my family. I am especially glad that I got to see my sister for a couple of days since I hadn’t seen her since Christmas and probably wouldn’t see her until Christmas again. Family is really important. While I don’t always do the best job of showing my family how important they are to me, they do an amazing job of showing Will and I how important we are to them.
It was a fun weekend! Plenty of memories made! Like making friends with Jao, one the Vietnamese people who did Mom, Dara, and I’s nails. Or getting roasted at the Red’s game, or baking with my sister and cooking with my mom. Blackberry picking with my mom. Or some time with just the pops and Will in the morning before anyone else was up. Or constantly stopping Dara from feeding Izzy half of whatever she had in her hands. Lol.
For any of you who like Downton Abbey; you will appreciate this. We watched the episode in season two when Downton is also a convalescent home for the wounded officers and Lady Grantham and the rest of the family have their panties in a twist because they have to share their sitting rooms. It was rather an appropriate episode to watch, as you will see why by the picture below. As we were all 5 trying to use our teeny bathroom to get ready for bed in and nearly tackling each other every 30 seconds in the “hallway,” I remarked “You know, I would really like to see the Crowleys try to survive this situation!” Everyone laughed. It was close quarters, but Will and I really enjoy being able to host people and make them feel welcome.
Like I said, it was a great weekend. I think I am most glad that I got to spend some time with the pops near his birthday. A) I had some redeeming to do since last year my dad had to give me away to Will two days after his birthday. B) Since moving to Kentucky last summer that is something I have missed a lot of, and birthdays are important in my family. Not in the since that we shower a person with presents, but in the sense that we spend the whole day (usually the whole week) eating foods they like, doing the things they enjoy, and always have an awesome birthday cake!
It’s hard to make someone feel like you are glad that they are around when you are not around them. But it is a new goal of mine to become better at showing other people that I value them. I really do love my family. I am sure moving to Kentucky doesn’t always make it seem like that is the case, but I am determined to be more creative and find better ways to show them (even from afar) that I love and value them. I just need to re-sharpen my skills; they have rusted a bit since mine and Will’s long distance dating days.
Those skills are worth developing. Making someone feel valued, giving someone confidence in your friendship- those things can change a person’s day, week, month, year, and even life. It is possible to be someone’s sunshine on a rainy day, and it’s possible to be someone’s sunflower when they are shining. May family has been both to me. They have always picked me up from gray days, and, more times than I can count, they have blossomed in front of me encouraging me to keep on shining.
I want to be reliable to be that to other people. That isn’t just being a good friend or family member. That is being like Jesus.
Till I see them again,
Ps… Speaking of sunflowers, my little pieces of Kansas are about to bloom!