|Moi-meme: Love-filled and bubbly-all-over.|
Days like today make me remember why I feel so lucky to be a part of my family. Things happen, like my little sister calls me to tell me that she's just found out she's having her first son - a new little brother to my niece Ava, a new cousin to my son Roman - and suddenly, my heart, my life, feels so full I could burst. We have so many good people in our lives, so many happy moments, so much to be thankful for. Our lives are full. Almost.
There are a million hopes and dreams that remain to be hoped and dreamed - some more immediately attainable than others - but, in a strange, fortunate way, here lately I've felt like I am truly appreciating and enjoying the life I have rather than focusing on the one I wish I had. No, life is not perfect, but there's a vision and reality there that feels so right, so attainable that it almost doesn't matter. And there's so much good coming up in the next six months that, if only for a brief, fleeting moment, it feels like I can do the Ren & Stimpy "Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy" dance in-the-now, and minus the depressing, nihilistic undertones.
Tomorrow we embark on a beautiful adventure to visit family in the last days of summer warmth and to usher in the beginning of a new era. Matt's brother (and he's mine too, actually) is getting married. It will be a "last hoorah" on many levels and for many people. Besides the obvious nuptials, Matt's sister is also expecting so it will be their last big family event minus a baby, it will also be Roman's last visit with Nana and Grand as the only grandchild (thank goodness!). My sister and her husband will be joining in the celebration - also their last vacation / event minus baby #2 due in January. And, for us, well - who knows what life can and will bring in the coming months. I feel that somehow it is a last for us too. In a good, very, very exciting way. :)
So to kick off a great week and a half of fun times, and new memories to be made, here are some photos that visually represent the beautiful spirit of my life and family. I found them today as I was going through my pictures and couldn't help but smile. There's an irrepressible happiness that shines through them. And, as they say, from the mouths (and minds) of babes...
All photography and artwork by Romanorum Master Forum.
This post is brought to you by Mr. Blue Sky - the song by the Electric Light Orchestra and the embodiment thereof in my-personal-offspring-form.