Family Time!

If you know anything about me you know that I LOVE MY FAMILY! God has blessed me so much with an amazing family. The greatest part about my family is that it does not just include my Dad, Mom and Brother. I have tons of cousins, aunts, uncles, great aunts and uncles, more second cousins than you can imagine, friends who have been like family forever, and since I have been married I have a whole new family to add to it.

During our time in the Tucson, we were able to spend lots of quality time with almost all of them. We started with a quiet two days at my parent’s brand new, beautiful cabin. Although I have much nostalgia for the cabin I grew up in, I do very much like the new one and I am excited to spend lots of vacation time there. Not only was it cold there, but we even got to play and sled in the snow with our puppies, who of course are a huge part of our family too! Mostly I loved being with my Mom and Dad who are beyond wonderful.

Me and my family at Katie's wedding

Then Austin’s Mom, Craig and Matty came into town for a whirl wind weekend. We had lots of Mexican food, went hiking in Sabino Canyon, went to Bookmans and ate lots of Eegees. During this weekend we also had a homecoming party so that we could see as many of our friends and family as we could. I made Pilau, a Tanzanian meat, rice and potato dish, and Kachumbali Salad, a caggbage salad, and Mandazi, doughnuts of some sort. We always love to have people over and to throw large parties so this was a treat.

Milkshakes at Little Anthony's with Austin's mom, Craig and sister Amy

The second week we were there we had meetings one after the other, with friends and family. From 7am until 10pm or later we were out and about having coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner with our irreplaceable community in Tucson. I would love to tell you about each of them and how much they mean to us but really that would just take forever. Just know that, that is in my opinion, what is hardest to be away from.

We also had some quality time with Austin’s Dad, Mary, Amy, Veronica and Rhonda. I always love our relaxing dinners at their house. We took Charlie to Baum’s, he seemed to miss the place a bit but really he seems pretty laid back and content wherever and whoever he is with.

Austin's family sister Amy, Mary, Veronica, Rhonda, and Fred

My great uncle Frankie invited us to dinner which was so picturesque, with their views of the sunset and Catalina Mountains. My great aunts and uncle remind me so much of my grandmother, which is hard and wonderful at the same time.

Dinner at Uncle Frankie's with a very small part of the Vasquez side of the family.

My mom’s side of the family came over and we made them dinner which was wonderful and reminded me of the good old days when we all had dinner every Wednesday at Granny’ house. I got some good time with many of them but always wish I had more.

The Terry Cousins : )

My cousin Elena, was even able to do my hair for the wedding, which turned out beautifully! Thanks Elena!

Some of my favorite times, were with my brother. Because he is in his last semester of college, his schedule is much more flexible. This allowed us to get a lot of quality time together. He is and always has been my best friend! We have always gotten along well which is strange for brother and sister so close together in age. He graduates from college and leaves for active duty in the Army in a few weeks, and I am so proud of him. I am so thankful for our time together before his new adventure in life.

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Again, I am so grateful for ALL of my family. I pray for them daily and cling to this verse when I am missing them:

“I tell you the truth, no one who has left home or brothers or sisters, or mother or father, or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age and in the age to come, eternal life.” Mark 10:29-30

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