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While Jason, my boyfriend, has family in the immediate area where we live, I actually have family in Florida too. They live about 4 hours away. First my cousin and his wife came down 2 years ago. Then his mother (my aunt) and her husband moved down a year ago. When family comes down from OH, they typically end up in Orlando and then we all try to get together.
This particular visit was specially because it was to celebrate my Aunt M’s birthday. She’s been in FL for almost a year and her 4 sisters (my mom and aunts) planned a visit to check out her new house and neighborhood. And as you can see, they did a little shopping together.
While my mom and my aunts wanted their trip to be just about the sisters spending time together, they did invite my cousin, uncle and me to come in to Orlando and meet up with them for their last night in town to celebrate my Aunt M’s birthday. It was great for me because I haven’t seen my mom and some of my aunts since October at my brother’s wedding.
Does she look happy to see us or what?
As you’ve seen in my previous posts, my family is extremely close and very large. In fact, one of my aunts is expecting her 5th grandchild next month!
This past Christmas my mom told me how much she was looking forward to having a grandchild of her own. She has been a tremendous support to Jason and I as we wait to be matched for adoption.
One thing I can promise is that our family is all about welcoming in new members – through marriage, through births and now, through adoption – both birth parents and adopted family members.