Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Okay so we're back
We left for Montana on Sunday the 7th had a stop in Spokane at our good friends house Lane and Nicole and their son Levi, it was nice to have a little break, the kids got to play and have smores for dessert and we got to see Levi he's growing so big. I will admit it now I was not quite with it the last week with my camera until the end of the week so my pictures are kind of limited during the beginning. We left Monday morning for Bozeman and got there mid afternoon. We stayed in a huge fifth wheel camper the whole week in the driveway of my sister in law LeAnn's driveway it was nice to be so close to be there to help and see all the people coming and going and it gave us a chance to spend extra time with my Nicole and Casey my niece and nephew and be involved in a lot of the discussions. The thing that honestly helped me the most is my nieces, Lisa and Rachel, who are only a few years younger than I am worked on poster boards for the memorial service of pictures so we got to go through a lot of pictures, laugh, cry and get reacquainted. Between Lisa, Rachel and then our kids there were nine kids running around under the age of 9 and then you add to that Casey when he wasn't at school who is 10 and then Nicole who is 15, she was like another adult if you ask me, she's grown into such a sweet young lady, we hung out a lot and I loved getting to know her again, we are becoming text freaks though maybe a little too much, on the way home she asked me to text her from every town so heaven only knows how many text she got but it was fun. There was a family get together on Friday night, quite a few friends showed up too but one thing I've learned about Gulletts is that if someone is a friend of the family they are automatically considered family. There were a ton of people Don and I have heard about and never met or he hadn't seen for years so there was a lot of catching up, introductions etc. I got to meet some of Don's aunts and uncles over the last week which was fun, there are some hilarious stories I would share about them but I'm afraid they'd read this and well let's just say this giving a kid oatmeal every meal until he actually eats it is mean and when I met that particular person I couldn't help but laugh which I'm sure she thought was weird but oh well I doubt I will ever see her again, oh to explain that Don hates oatmeal! I'm afraid I'm going to leave people out, we hung out with everyone Mary (MIL) did a little shopping oh and she got me pearl earrings for my bday so we had matching earrings, after the funeral and reception which was huge and very emotional for all of us we went back to the house and a few family members decided to buy me a couple bday cakes and some sherbert, it was so sweet of them to do that it kind of lightened the day a bit for me and I'm sure for a lot of others. We all look back at Cliff's life and have all been thankful for the time we got to spend with him, I am sad the reason we all got together was for the reason we did but it was so nice to feel like we were all a team getting through a tough time and I pray that the closeness we all felt will continue on through the years. Okay sorry about the marathon post I know I forgot some stuff, I am thankful to be home, Don wishes we never had to leave, I think if he could have found a job and a place to live we would not have come back. I don't know God knows the plans he has for us and I am open to whatever they are, I am thankful for friends and family more than ever and especially for my husband he is my rock, best friend, and just the best husband I could have ever prayed God would give me.