Well… this is it. The final post for The Thankful Project that I learned about through Jodi over at www.touchingyourheart.net (my sister blog) and started by Kenzie over at www.thechasinghappyblog.com.
Thanks to both Kenzie and Jodi for making this an amazing November for me. I slowed myself down on the Cool Whip (aka Facebook) and took the time I had leftover to do my blog posts and to work on my house and my messy life a bit… not enough but some.
So on to my final prompt and a look into what is on my ‘to do list’ next…
11/28 Prompt: free write
For this prompt we are able to write about anything we want. And I choose…
The Tivey Family
Years ago, I was a young girl playing anti-i-over at “The Farm”… the one in Gascoyne where my grandparents lived. I have a foggy recollection of Mike and Jodi being there and I am not sure why. I may be making this up in my mind. I really don’t know. I just have some memory of meeting Jodi when I was young and I was at Grandma and Grandpa’s house on the farm.
I knew they were a part of our family but it didn’t make sense to me why. As it turns out… we aren’t really related… here’s the true family tree of how we are connected… My Aunt Nita is married to Tom Braun. Tom Braun is a brother to Ken Braun. Ken Braun is Mike’s step-dad. And there you have it… our family tree.
Anyway… Over the years Mike and Jodi were involved in family events with us and then for awhile they sort of faded away. Not sure where they went, but what matters now… is they are just across the street… ALWAYS!
Jodi has become a major supporter of mine and by my side through some pretty rough times in my world. She referred to us as neighbor/family/friend for quite some time and now she is my boss too. She makes sure I take my meds (most of the time), she tries to encourage me no matter what excuse I give her, she is there to listen when I need a friend. She even went out chasing a lightning storm so I could try to get a picture (and it was way past her bedtime).
Mike is someone that is a tough read… but somewhere along the way I have come to understand him more (I think) and I know he would do most anything for me… all I have to do is ask. He will tell me to do it myself but in the end, if I need his help… he would be there in a heart beat. Don’t tell him I said this… but I don’t know what I would do without him across the street.
And Amanda… quite simply… an amazing young lady who has grown to be my friend. In reality we are so much alike and I am old enough to be her mom so she is also my soul-daughter. Trevor asked awhile back why I refer to her as ‘my neighbor’ when in reality she is one of my best friends. Yep… I have a 25 year old BFF! I look forward to watching her get married in June and start her own life and family but it breaks my heart thinking I will have to let her go. I have joked for years with Jodi about the day Amanda moves out for the final time… and in reality I think it will be harder on me than it will be on Jodi and Mike. They have been preparing for years… I have only had the last few years with her as my daughter-friend.
So… Tivey Family… know that you are a vital part of my life and I could not and do not have any intention of ever letting you fade out of my life again. Love you!
And… I was planning to share with you my next blog challenge or journey but when I went to retrieve it and link to it… it vanished. Guess I better find something else.