Monday, October 15, 2012

Where the heck have you been?

It's almost embarrassing to have your blog alone and neglected for so many months.

 I suppose if I offer the excuse that I got engaged and married in the past few months maybe you will cut me some slack?  Well- a shout out to fellow blogger who motivated me to get writing again. So here we go! 

So what happened to me?  I was a happy middle age single woman.  I was plotting my trips to distant locations.  I was looking forward to hanging with my friends, taking my grandkids to Disneyland.   I had embraced the fact that it was more likely that I would be killed by a terrorist before I would get remarried.   Then a blast from the past came back. 

Jim grew up in Colorado.  We went to church together.  We went to Fairview High School together until I came to my senses and transferred to Boulder High.   I remember Jim driving his convertible with his blonde hair blowing in the wind.  We danced at a stake dance,  dancing to "Stairway to Heaven."   I knew Jim's parents.    We connected on facebook and began chatting.   I should have seen it coming! 

 Suddenly I am chatting on the phone, texting and becoming a sappy little girl.  On a trip to Texas to visit him, he smiles, pops to one knee and asks me to marry him and I knew then my life would never be the same, in a really good way. 

So catch you up to October.  I'm married, living in Colorado, and my husband lives in San Antonio, Texas.   We have 9 kids between us.  We have 4 grandkids.  I still am not sure of how many siblings, cousins, step siblings, aunts, uncles, and any other random relatives that I am not sure about.  (So yea, I have a LOT of material to cover now!)

So here we go.  My adventure begins and I will be dragging Jim along.  He has already shown he can tolerate my craziness by wearing orange converse shoes and leis to our Colorado outdoor wedding, So I am pretty sure there is not much more I can do to surprise him!

 I am grateful for my sweet family, Erin, John, Bodie, Brynlie, Brycen, Mike, Christine, Kelly, Levi, TJ and Travis.  I am grateful for my new family, Jim, Josh, Natalie, Kade, Jake, Joe and Jordan.  I am grateful for my dad, and for Jim's parents, Sam and Sally, and Caroline and Bud.  For his brothers and their wives, and children.    Thank you for being accepting, loving and rolling with the punches.   Just the few small steps I have taken in my new role as wife, step-mother and daughter in law among others has taught me we really all can make a difference, one random woman at a time.