Yesterday we celebrated our baby’s 30th birthday. You’re not keeping track of time anymore but I like to think you were celebrating with us anyway.
Quinn took this picture of us last night at Buca di Beppo in Denver (where Taylor lives and works as a medical equipment repairman at Colorado University Hospital). Besides T and me, you see Dusty, Q’s husband, and their kids: Bailey, Marissa, and Cassidy. (The littlest one is your direct descendant.) If you look closely at the table you’ll see the little blue and white flags. The tradition you started way back when you found blue and white flags at a garage sale and strung them in the yard for one of our birthdays continues in some form or another at each birthday celebration. It’s one way of keeping you a part of our lives.
Of course there’s a lot to tell but mostly I want you to know your kids are doing well.
Look at Quinn! She lives in Denver too. Her life is full of many good things but her main focus right now is raising her kids. (No, she still won’t wear a coat.) Ben still lives in Michigan, right there in the old neighborhood, and stays committed to the same job at Johnson Controls.
I’m doing well too. Mauri and I have a good life in Oregon; I work full time for the same church where he has led worship ministries for 26 years. One of the best things about our blended family is how comfortable we are in allowing our past lives to blend with our present lives. We don’t try to forget how important you and Margaret-Rose were to us but instead review our memories of you both as you come to mind in the day-to-day. Like you always said: We are who we were.