Thursday, December 9, 2010

(43-135) Our Tree Is Growing

As cliche as it sounds; time flies.  It really is true that the older you get, the quicker it goes.  Case in point; I can't believe that the 11th will be one month since I found my wonderful, cousin, Jackie.  The 11th will also happen to be Kelsie's seventh birthday; which is just MORE proof that time flies!

Now, if you've read "The Bumpy Ride" before; then you probably know that I fancy myself an amateur detective; AND you also know that when I want to accomplish something, NOTHING will stand in my way.  Well on November 11th, I posted "Just what I Needed," and I explained that I had found my cousin, Jackie on Facebook, while I was in pursuit of an idea for that night's blog.  You see, I have a usual list of people that I periodically try to find; and you never know when one is just going to pop up.  A couple of times I had tried to look for my cousins, Mitchell and Steven (Bubby's sons;) but I never had any luck.  Well, I put on my PI cap, and I remembered that Steven had 2 daughters (whom I'd never met;) so I tried to look them up, AND... I found them.  I looked on their friends; and I found my cousin Mitchell; and then I looked at his friends; and that lead me to Jackie; and her daughter Becky.

I sent Mitchell a message on the 11th, just as I'd done with Jackie; and on Thanksgiving I received a note from him, followed by a friend request; and then a phone call.  It was really nice to catch up with Mitchell.  Bubby is my mom's older brother, and both of his sons are older than me (Mitchell by 6 years, and Steven by 10;) so we were never that close as kids; although I spent more time with them than any of my other cousins.  Since our conversation, Mitchell and I have instant messaged a couple of times on Facebook; and I know that now that we've re-connected, we'll stay in touch.  

Just a couple of days ago, Steven popped up on Facebook; so I sent him a note and a friend request as well.  He emailed me and caught me up on his life; and then we spoke tonight.  I then sent friend requests to Steve's 3 daughters; Tiffany, Jessica and Brittany and I got to know Jessica a little bit tonight, through instant messaging.

Jessica is absolutely GORGEOUS and she has beautiful 3 year old twins, (a boy and a girl.) I asked the twins names and as it turns out, her daughter is Mackenzie Lee.  I recalled that her middle name was Lee as well; so I asked if it was and she confirmed it.  I told her that I thought she was named Lee after my mom.  She replied "Lee for Leona;" and I said "Yes; she was my mom;" and I almost cried.  She went on to say that her family always told her that she looked like her; and since I could see a resemblance and she's stunning, just like my mom was; I agreed.  I told her that yesterday would have been my mom's birthday; and I'll admit, it made me sad to say; but I was happy as well.

In my wildest dreams; if you would have told me a month ago, that I'd suddenly have a new found family; I never would have believed it.  After being on my own for so long; to suddenly have all of these people in my life, is overwhelming; but totally in a good way.  My kids are definitely confused, because it seems that every time I'm on the computer lately, I'm showing them pictures of another cousin; and our family tree is growing by leaps and bounds.

After I had explained to Jackie, why I'm writing the 43 series on my blog; she commented "Just maybe the best things in life are the "unexpected". something WONDERFUL happend to you at found me. Now 43 will be a posiitive number...." I knew that she was right; as soon as I read it; because finding her has improved my life immensely; and it just keeps getting better and better.
Till next time...


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Awwwwwwww such a great story!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Joni Parker said...

I'm so happy for you Paige!! I love how you keep nurturing your tree and it keeps giving you fruit!!