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 43.....you 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...
Queen of EVERYTHING