Family has always been very special to me. I currently live far away from mine and though I am blessed to have a wonderful family of friends here, it can be hard to be away from my “real family” at times. As I’m sure you are all aware, So Cal was recently hit hard by fires. My family (mom and brother, grandparents, cousins) and friends had to evacuate their homes as the fire approached in various parts of San Diego county. It seemed as though little was safe. I spent several days on the phone and watching news updates online – feeling helpless and wishing I could be there with them.
At times like that, being away is hardest and the further away you are the harder it can be. My brother Ben was in Iraq and was dying to get home. We (family and friends) were all very well convinced that he was actually in Australia for two weeks of R & R; however, that was all a scheme he had cooked up in order to surprise us. He’s home now, in San Diego, for just a few more days. He was able to stop off here for a few hours on his way… I was very happy to see my little brother.
I suppose he’s not so little anymore…
… though I must point out that the hat does make him appear taller than he really is. Sorry, it’s not a hat… his cover does make him appear taller than he is.
It’s strange how little brothers turn into big brothers as time goes on. This little brother of mine takes good care of me and whether he’ll say so or not, still loves me even though I had a little accident with his precious car. (It’s fixed now! And it looks soooo pretty and perfect! I intend to never hurt it again!)
I’m very proud of both of my brothers! One of my greatest joys in life is being their sister.
My other brother still is littler than me – though not by much and not for long!
This was taken in July… I expect that he’ll be about my height by Christmas or shortly thereafter.
This is him with one of his buddies and some pro skaters (Buster Halterman and Willy Santos). I act like I know who they are but I have no clue really. He’s the cool one.
Anyway, Ben will be heading back to Iraq early next week… keep him in your prayers! And thank you to all who prayed for the fires in CA and for my family specifically. Everyone is fine although it did come close and hit others we know, our family’s homes remained safe.