HAPPY 4TH OF JULY...
I am so thankful each day and especially on the 4th of July for the reminder of the freedom, liberty and blessings we have.
I am thankful for the brave men and women who fight for that freedom.
Yesterday, I was able to do to my first Webber 4th of July breakfast celebration. I took lots of photos and so enjoyed being apart of Brian's great family. His parents have many great traditions. This is something that I love.
This is his mother. Pat is as kind, giving and her kids adore her. Well, they all do and I do as well. I remember the very first time I met her. She got tears in her eyes and thanked me. She saw his light and happiness in his eyes. Brian and I had barely started dating when he sent his entire family a email about meeting me. He expressed his instant feelings for me. He wanted them to know that he had met someone and how he felt. I think his family thought he had "lost" it and was just head over heels in love. ha! The truth is and I tell people all that time, that we both felt it immediately. It was a connection that we could not almost articulate in words. His entire family was only happy for him and welcomed me into their life.
They never questioned how fast it was because they knew Brian. It's funny because Brian is logical and always thinks things through. He said when he met me that his family just "knew" if he was expressing his love for me so fast that it was serious. It was within a week of meeting me and I remember he forwarded the email he sent to his family and closest of friends. I was so touched and had no idea this was not like him at all to be so "emotional" and "not logical." The things we do for LOVE... ha!!! *thank you Webber family for not thinking he had "lost his mind" and trusting him and me as we knew that Heavenly Father brought us together.
This is Brian's oldest daughter Madi. She is so sweet and kind. I knew the first time that I met her that we were going to be close. I knew it would be so tough in a "divorce" situation. I wanted and still want for her to be as close to her dad (and I) as possible. Love grows and this is what we always wanted for our children. We did not want anything more than to love and be there for each other and our children. This does not change how I feel for my "bonus" sons. I have Matt and Seth in my heart and life forever. I still don't like the word "step" anything. They are my boys. I never see Matt anymore and yet he is my son. They are still living in California and I'm so proud of him. He is the hardest working dad and husband. Seth is on his mission and I can't WAIT for him to get home. I will be at the airport along with Amy (yes, his mom and my friend) with the biggest tears of joy in my eyes. He gets home in March 2016. Families are what matter most. I gained family and for this I am so happy. Yes, I am crying as I type this. My kids and his kids are getting to know each other. They know that it is new and it's really about being kind and loving to everyone. The relationships are and will just naturally grow. In a short amount of time, I see this happening. If you are dealing with "step" or I like to say... bonus children. I have done it before and am doing it again. I have learned it really is simple- be patient and TIME is vital. It's all about LOVE. Focus on loving each other and if a child or someone in the family is having a hard time, just LOVE that person. Isn't that what we all really just want and need?
You come to my blog thinking you are going to read about the 4th of July and I always end up talking about life and family. This is me... I took many more photos but I love the ones that show the relationships and fun times that everyone had.