We were the closest family possible. Our world was turned upside down on 05/03/09 when my best friend, the person I love most next only to our children, my sister Trina was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Her body gave out on her on 01/09/10 but she will ALWAYS be a part of our daily life and will continue to be in my posts. I started my blog to chronicle our daughter's international adoption from Guatemala and have continued to use it as a journal.

What you will find is my family trying to adapt to our new lives that were handed to us.



Friday, April 29, 2011

The Little (Big) Things

This past week has been worse than usual. There are things, feelings and emotions going on that are almost unbearable but I can't do anything about it. That said, I'm very happy to have shared a very special night with Beya.

Thirty years ago, when I was only a year older than Valentina, I remember watching Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer get married upstairs in my grandparents home. We sat on the bed and watched the pomp and circumstance. I dreamed of becoming a princess one day. It is such a special memory for me and one that I have remembered clearly for three decades.

Today I was very fortunate to be able to watch Prince William and Kate Middleton get married with Beya by my side. We pulled an all nighter and finally went to bed after they reached Buckingham Palace, around 4:30 am our time. I was so glad to be able to do the same thing I had done 30 years ago with my mom. Did the wedding have any impact on our family? No. But it was a lovely, happy distraction and something that was exciting to do. In fact yesterday mom and I had sketched what we thought the dress would look like. For the record Beya was closer than I was :)

Even Asa and Valentina were excited to watch it. I had thought of waking up Valentina to see it live but decided against it as she was sleeping so soundly and I had DVR'd it. This morning while Asa was getting ready for school and Valentina ready to go to Grama's we watched the Today Show and they had all the highlights and recaps. They were both happy to see it and I loved that they were full of anticipation.

So even though this was a small thing in our life that really has no effect on it, it was a big thing to be able to share this tradition, thirty years in the making, with my mom. I can only hope that we will be able to do it once more when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch their firstborn get married.

Thank you mom!