I headed out on the road trip excited for a vacation at the beach & left with a renewed understanding of just how important family is. With a large group all together all week there was a lot of noise, laughing, dancing, parties & hugs. There were also a lot of memories shared. One of Tom's aunts brought down a giant bin from his grandmother's house -- full of pictures, letter, diplomas, cards, etc. One night I was on the porch & could see everyone inside passing around pictures & other things from inside the box. There were smiles and tears, but all around also, a family that still gathers, which in today's times is not always that common. I feel truly blessed to have been welcomed into this family & that my girls are being raised amongst a group of people that cherish what family is all about. I bet Tom's Grammy, the mother of 10, was smiling down on everyone -- so happy to see her children, grandchildren & great grandchildren still getting together to share all of these memories.