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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