before I post anything about our 2 week get-a-way to Argentina...I have to thank a few people that even made it possible.
Karalee, Scott, and Auttie-boy!
When we picked Rae up from your house Rae said..."I want to do that again, go on a trip and I will go to Karalee's." WHAT!? I almost cried, but then realized how lucky we are to be so close to you now. You have watched my kids more than anyone has since we've moved down, and that's cause you are one of very few I trust my children with. I know they will be loved and well taken care of. Rae adores Austin and talks about him often. It's nice to have someone "get" my kids, namely Rae, and I thank you for that, that means more to me than you know. I know you love her and make her feel loved because she loves you guys. That's just how she is...she responds to sincere love by loving back, and she really loves you. Thanks for being there and always willing to help. I love you guys!
Laci, Brian, and 4 beautiful girls!
I really don't even know where to start. I just sent a reply to Laci's mother's day email, and while I was typing I had tears streaming down my face. Laci and her family cared for my babies for the majority of our trip. Shawn and I drove them down to Cedar City and on our way home I just bawled. I have never left my kids to go anywhere...not even for 1 night. With the exception of Laci's rescued effort last year (she took Raegan for a week right after I had Evan) I have never been away and it was not easy. I wouldn't have done it if Laci didn't exist. There is something very special about Laci, and for those of you who know her know this about her...she was born to be mom...not only to her kids but to everyone's kids. She has the special ability to nurture and the supernatural ability to care for her kids, but more amazingly, my kids. I would have to ask Trudy (Laci's mom)...but I'm guessing its a natural gift she has been blessed with. I dropped my kids off knowing they would be safe, fed, clean, and so on. But more importantly, I knew they would be loved, and if that were not so, I don't know that I would've been able to do it. I seem to believe Laci must have passed on her gift to her children, because I know her kids were more than helpful with Rae and Evan. They have always accepted and loved my kids unconditionally...which to me...that's remarkable. Even when Rae was biting them, the four girls still wanted and loved to be with her...AMAZING! Laci and Brian, you have a wonderful family and I can't begin to thank you for making these last few weeks possible. I love you and your family, and I feel so blessed to have you in my life. THANK YOU!