Finally Friday: Almost Family Time

For those that live away from your family, you know how hard it is to be away from them. There are many holidays I can’t spend with my family because I live about 600 miles away. However, there is one holiday, that is non-negotiable and I am home no matter what: Thanksgiving. It happens to be my Dad’s favorite holiday as well so he loves when we are all together. For the most part, we do too, ha!

In a matter of days, I will be on a plane bound for San Antonio. I will be picked up from the airport by my middle sister. She and I are the closest out of my two older sisters. I admire her very much. She’s married with 5 kids, yes 5, and is so good at multi-tasking. Heck, you have to be with that much going on, right! I feel sorry for the people who are not close to their siblings. Granted, we have our moments where we want to look for sharp objects, but we are always there for each no matter what. I talk to one of my sisters once a week or at least twice a month when things are really hectic for both of us. Now that my parents are getting older, we really rely on each other’s strengths to get through the times and deal with critical issues. Thankfully, we all have a great sense of humor which helps us through the various trials as well.

As Thanksgiving draws more near, I am sincerely grateful for my family. Be sure to express your appreciation and gratitude for those you love.

Enjoy the weekend…it’s FINALLY FRIDAY!!!


Dear Friends,

At one time or another, I would imagine that all of us have been a part of a surprise.  Maybe we were the recipient of a surprise or were the person who came up with the great idea.  I have been fortunate to have been on both ends of the spectrum.  Normally, I am the person trying to come up with a surprise… some sweet gesture that would make someone’s day that they did not see coming at all.  This week, however, I was the one who didn’t see something coming.  After attending a funeral of a friend’s father, I returned to my car and noticed the light on my phone was flashing indicating a text message.  The text was from my sister and simply read: Can you call me when you have 10 minutes.  Nothing urgent.  I had some time before my doctor’s appointment so before I left the parking lot, I dialed her number.  After exchanging the usual “Hey, what’s up, how are you?”  Kathy proceeded to say that while it was going to be a surprise, she was going to drive up and help me decorate for my work Christmas party.   I couldn’t believe it and can’t help but smile when I think about that conversation.  She was so excited and so we got busy reserving a moving van/truck she could use to haul the furniture a friend of hers is giving me along with some pieces we got at Pottery Barn outlet over Thanksgiving. 

It is now only hours until she arrives.  She is leaving at ungodly hour in the morning so I will be sure to treat her to a delicious and relaxing dinner tomorrow night.  I feel so loved that she would do this for me.  Perhaps I’ll post pictures after we finish decorating.  This may just inspire me to host more parties….


Surprised and blessed in Norman