It has been quite the journey, literally and emotionally recently. Again, we have set out on our travels, this time heading north to visit Curtis' family. We flew out to Boston where we went on to Curtis' brother's house and stayed there with him and his family for 3 days. It was such a wonderful blessing for my kids to meet their cousins and to form lifetime bonds. We had such a wonderful time. I truly felt that bridges were built that will last forever.
I have discovered that even if you don't know your extended family very well, that family is so very important. If there is something that I know Curtis would want me to tell everyone, is this. Family is very important and vital, and if you have wedges in your family, don't wait until it is too late to make things right. On the day that Curtis passed away, his older brother and sister came to visit him. They made such an impact that they would travel all that way to see him. They had no idea as none of us did that the day they visited, would be Curt's last day. I can remember all that week, Curt was so pleased that he would get to see them. So thankful that God worked everything out and the timing was precise.
Spending this weekend with his family was bittersweet. It was so cool to be together and to laugh and even enjoying a game of whiffle ball with everyone. It was awesome that most of his family came together on Sunday and that we could all just enjoy each other. Of course, seeing his brother and family brought some sadness, because I knew how much Curt would have enjoyed being there and seeing the kids all get to know each other. Missing his booming laugh and his sense of humor...I think all of us were thinking the same thing.
But spending this weekend with Curt's family has made me realize that no matter what we are still family and families who can work through differences will come out stronger. I hope that if you have family that you are not on good terms with, that you will begin to see the family ties for the strengths and not the weaknesses. To see how important that family really is and that yes, family matters much.