It feels like forever since I sat here in front of my computer. And in a way it has been. I got really sick with something. Maybe a flare up of Malaria, maybe West Nile. I don’t know for sure. But it took over my life. From keeping up with life here to unable to crawl out of bed to take care of anybody. Days went by that I don’t even remember now as I sit and type this. Fevers, chills, headaches, backaches, vomiting, and sleeping for days on end. Makes me hate those pesky little mosiquitos! Eric took all but 2 of the children up to his Grandmas house where the family reunion was gearing up and all our relatives were beginning to compile at Grandmas house. There’s really not much of that week that I can even remember to write here. Children came and went out of my bedroom, Questions were asked and I have no idea what my answers were. I probably agreed to things like brownies for breakfast, movie watching all day, and brownies again for dinner. But my children did great without a Mommy around. The house never got to messy (or it did and they cleaned it up) there was no fighting, (or I never heard it) and the older ones worked hard to keep the wheels turning here.
By the end of the week, I was feeling better and Eric came and picked me up and brought me up to Grandma’s and moved me into our trailer that was parked up there in her orchard. I am so grateful to all the Aunts, Uncles, cousins, brother/sister in laws that helped see to the needs of my children while I recovered from being so ill. Saturday was the family reunion. The first time we have all been together since Grandpa died. It was a super fun day. Filled with good food, (even though I just looked at most of it, it sure looked good!) water fights, volleyball games, and just good fellowship with each other. Once again, as I sat and watched the 4 generations spend the whole day together, I am reminded of the importance of leaving behind a legacy.
My niece on the swing
Cousins taking a break from the water fight
Grandma and her 6 children
We asked everyone to show us their “guns” /muscles, Grandma put up her finger like it was a gun. Hilarious!!!
Most of the gang, minus a few that were kayaking on the river.