My dad emailed me and my siblings a few months ago and said he would be traveling to Virginia from Texas at the end of May. He was hoping to see all of us, as it had been years since we have all able to get together to see him. I was thrilled, and put in for leave at work the following week to be sure I could spend time with him while he was here. I was hopeful that my 5 siblings would also be able to make it so we could enjoy some family time.
My oldest brother lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He and his wife were able to make the drive up to visit with my dad! It was nice that back at the end of March, I was able to visit him on a trip to the beach with my sister. You can read about it here: http://www.fredericksburgparent.net/blogs/more-blogs/living-purposefully/3662-myrtle-beach.
My other brother was able to fly up from Florida to join in the fun as well. My three sisters already live in VA, so they were able to participate too. What a blessing that we were all able to get together – it was such a meaningful reunion!
My dad and his wife wanted to visit DC to see several sites while they were in town. It worked out really well that a couple of my sisters and I were able to take them around the city to do some site seeing. One of my sisters bought hop-on hop-off bus passes that allowed us to tour the memorials and areas that my dad and his wife really wanted to visit.
I was thrilled to see them take in the sights and enjoy them so much.
After we finished touring D.C., we met for dinner at Four Sisters Restaurant in Falls Church, VA. My dad treated us to a meal to celebrate his wife’s birthday. The food was amazing, and the conversation and laughs made for a wonderful night.
The Saturday before my dad was scheduled to head back to Texas, we all gathered at one of my sister’s house for food, family time, games and laughter. This day was incredibly significant, as it gave all 6 siblings a chance to connect and spend some quality time with our dad. Several of my nieces and nephews also were there with their children, which added to the fun. It was truly a blessed day! We really missed those who were unable to attend due to work schedules, or other events.
Family is such an important part of my life. I cannot imagine who I would be if not for the love and support of each one of my relatives. They have always been there for me through good times and bad, and I know I can always count on them. I am so proud to be the baby sister in a loving, caring, unique, incredible family unit. I will cherish our daddy time forever, and thank God that He worked out all the details for everyone to be able to come together and spend such valuable time together.