Last week I spent a precious six days with My Dad in Atlanta taking him to doctors, getting his things together to sell his home, selling his car and preparing for his move to New England.
We are in transition mode ... looking to find a place for him to spend the next chapter of his life. We will hopefully have him settled in the next month or so ... but until then we are having a family shift. He has come to live with us. Rooms have taken over new ownership ... furniture has been moved to make everyone comfortable. Christopher just turned 16 and now has ownership of the basement. He is in heaven and we may never see him again! We even moved the microwave out of it's home in the island up to the countertop to make things easier for My Dad.
We are in the Thick of Life ... It is an important time and as this Thanksgiving and Christmas approach I am blessed to have such a wonderful and supportive family. And a Father that trusts us to take care of him ... and although we have moved him from all that is familiar and comfortable ... he knows we are helping him make this next phase of his life positive and happy.
My kitchen has always been where the kids gather, pancakes are cooked up, and kids hover around and share the drama of their lives. We are spending even more time here now and I am valuing this like never before.
I hope as the holidays take over these next few weeks you all take a look at the wonderful families you have and appreciate every minute. Even if we don't live up to our own expectations of making everything PERFECT over the holidays ... it is our family that is number one. No matter what!