Reconnecting After A Long Time

This weekend was a weekend I had been thinking about for about a month before it happened. Along time ago, Mel and Rich, the two people who decided to be my family when I didn’t have one back when I was 17 years old, were driving through from a move from Texas to California. See Rich is a pastor. I never knew the pastor Rich, I only knew the business man Rich who worked with his father. It was a side of him I’ve never seen before. Anyway, I had reconnected with them several years ago shortly after Rich’s father died. Mel, Rich and Matt, their adopted son spent about a year traveling the U.S. in an RV. I still need to get the back story behind that adventure of theirs, but I love that they got the opportunity to do something so amazing. 

Anyway, back to why this weekend was special. When people live in different states hours upon hours away, its hard to stay connected so it had been awhile since we saw each other in person, and we were finally going to have that chance this weekend at Logan’s wedding,  (their adopted son). Back when Jaydon was a toddler, six years ago, we met Mel and Rich’s adopted children, Matt, Logan and Natasha.



It was neat to see how Mel and Rich decided to help other kids like me. After fostering Natasha, Logan and Matt for a while, they decided to officially adopt them. There’s something special about people who take on teenagers and decide to give them a chance. I don’t think I would have known the first thing about how to apply or get into college if it wasn’t for Mel and Rich. I didn’t learn the values of having a sit down family meal until our regular dinners at Mary and Rich’s house. I realized what my life lacked before that. It lacked a lot and Mel and Rich gave me exactly what I needed. Support. 

They dusted me off, gave me a direction and sent me on my way. It was just what I needed. Without that help, who knows where I’d be today?! I don’t even want to think about it, which makes me know in my heart that it was God’s plan all along. God puts people in your lives at the right time. 

So this weekend of re-connection after a move to Texas and three adopted kids of theirs later was nice. It was hard at times to feel my place there, knowing Natasha, Logan and Matt had them for a lot longer than I did, but it was still good to be included. As the years have gone on, raising my boys, I’ve realized more and more how important family is. Unfortunately I don’t have a conventional family. It is what it is, but I’m still apart of this one, and I’m hoping I can give my boys everything a family is supposed to be about, everything I never had, until I was 16, and they came along. 


The kids Mel and Rich have blessed, including me. 


I love this picture!!!


The women of this very unconventional family. 


And these guys and girl, our our kids who pare pretty much cousins and they immediately started playing with each other like they’ve known each other forever.

Jaydon and Braidy had a blast spending their first night with Grandma and Grandpa Mel and Rich while Scott and I enjoyed a kid free evening. It’s just how I always pictured “grandparenting”. It’s nice to have them back in my life, even if they are moving to another state again. Their new home is in California where Rich will be pastoring a new church. I am excited for this new chapter in their lives and look forward to more time with them in the coming years, whether we have to travel or they do, I don’t want to let more time and distance get in the way. I want to make sure we stay connected always. 


Whether you have a normal family, or people in your life, you call family, hold them dear. Tell them you love them and BE apart fo their lives. You’ll never regret the memories. This…what I was apart of this weekend, is what I’ve always pictured family being about, no matter the distance that often separates you from them.


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I'm just a wife and mom of two boys trying to find her place in this world. I enjoy walks around the lake, bible journaling, and RV camping with my family.

Heartfully Heather


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23 thoughts on “Reconnecting After A Long Time

  1. That is such a heart-warming story. I’m glad you were blessed enough to have these people in your life. Thanks for sharing!

  2. How wonderful that you got to spend time with them. It sounds like they are amazing people! I agree that no matter the distance, we need to keep people that are important to us close to us.

  3. Being able to reconnect with loved ones is always a beautiful and rewarding event. The definition of family is limitless.

  4. This is a beautiful story and I am glad you were able to reconnect in person. Plus you will have the photos to remember this special weekend. Family (how ever it is made up) is very important and includes those who we allow to make it with us.

  5. What a very touching story – thank you for sharing! We use an iPad and FaceTime with family to stay in touch.

  6. I love how your story makes it so clear that family is what you make it. Unconventional families are everywhere and it is so important to recognize that. I am so happy you had these wonderful people in your life and that you have been able to reconnent.

  7. Aw, this is wonderful. I love how the kids had fun based on the pictures. It’s really overwhelming to reconnect with people you love.

  8. Awwww what a lovely story!!!! You are very lucky to have all of these people I your life! Glad you had a chance to reconnect 🙂

  9. Havent seen my dad in 14 years or so. sure would be great to come into some big cash soon. miss him

  10. The family & friends God blessed me with, are amazing!! It is true with all of our busy lives that it is ashame that we have become holiday or special occasion families & friends!! Even with all the Social Media out there, nothing can replace the face-to-face, hugs, kisses, etc. visits!!
    God does NOT make mistakes!! You were meant to be with those wonderful people & I thank God they are there to help take care of HIS children ??

  11. I loved this! I’m far away from family/friends but whenever we meet up, it’s as if we were never apart. Keep on making those memories that you’ll cherish forever.

  12. It’s so heartwarming that everything worked out. I have a colleague at work who fosters children (upwards of 30 so far!) and sometimes the story doesn’t have a happy ending but they give it their best shot with each and every child who comes under their roof.

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