I will not try to write another review, either. Carolyn did a fantastic job taking me back there. It was so good to see every one.
I got to see Sheila, but didn't officially meet. KK either (
maybe next time)
I did get to see the infamous ultrasound picture! I'm so excited for that lucky baby to meet grandma and grandpa. Carolyn will be an outstanding grandma. You need something so positive to focus on for a while, and that little blessing is just the ticket.
I certainly agree that Jimmy and Nina are like family. We come away feeling refreshed and excited to have spent time with them. I did tell Nina that we actually miss them, when we don't get to see them. That would explain why we were willing to drive 10 hours (each way) with the boys in the back seat, in order to see them. When we left Madison, WI on Friday morning, the weather was awful, and cars were in ditches. Sometimes it was hard to see. For about an hour, it was slow and scary. Of course Jimmy always puts on a show that is worth whatever it takes to get there.
I think the connection with my mom has a lot to do with our love for Nina and Jimmy. Our boys just LOVE to see Jimmy. He is so sweet to them, and it touched them as well as us and my grandma (mom's mom) when Jimmy dedicated "How Great Thou Art" to my mom at the MN State Fair, only 2 weeks after her very sudden death. Jimmy was there for 2 shows each day, three days in a row, and mom was planning to attend every one of them. We went 2 days in a row. After the first show, Mike encouraged me to talk to Nina and Jimmy, but I was sobbing, and didn't really want to stand by them and cry. Mike and my friend talked me into it, and both Nina and Jimmy were so sweet. It was after that Jimmy talked about mom. I had to go the next day, and the boys came with. Josh started calling "How Great Thou Art" , "the crying song". He liked to listen to it though, and still likes it. It was a touching and healing crying. I still miss my mom every day, but her legacy lives on right down to the grandkids. Nina and Jimmy help us cope with her death in more ways than they can ever know. They are truly amazing.
Sorry, I tend to ramble.