First off, happy birthday to my WONDERFUL MOM! She is the big 60 today and We love her and miss her so much! She is serving a mission in Germany with my step-dad.. she is amazing.. she is kind, loving, considerate and of the most charitable people I know. She has taught me so many things.. just so lucky to have her in my life! We hoping ((ben and I) to go see them next spring in Germany.. we hope it can all work out.. can not wait!
Oh SO this weekend is going to be JAMMED packed with family fun and celebration. Almost a year ago (Aug 1st), my dad passed away suddenly from a massive heart attack... What was supposed to be a day of celebration.. (celebrating the birth and blessing of my younger brothers new baby).. turned into a very sad and life changing day. My dad was young, only 61 and it was a very hard and traumatic experience for all us (my brothers and sister, his grandchildren, etc). He died in church, surround by most of his children and grandchildren only moments after my brothers baby blessing. I share my story about this experience and how his absence from my life has changed me in so many ways HERE in this post.
This past year has been a really tough one for sure for all of my siblings and even our kids. My dad was so present in all of our lives and always had been.. even from the time I was young. As many of you know, my parents divorced when I was 7, and when I turned 13, I went to live with him. So I was very close with my dad not just growing up, but also in later years. Living most of my married life withing a few miles of him. My dad LOVED not only his kids, but all of his grandchildren too.. all twenty something of them! He made an effort to see all of them, as much as he could, taking them to movies, out on lunch dates, play dates.. he was just PRESENT. He was also extremely close to his OWN brothers and sisters.. he had like 11! They have always been close and we have always been close to our aunts and uncles as well. We are just a tight knit family.
( i know I have shown this picture before of my dad.. but seriously.. this just captures HIM. ALL ABOUT FAMILY and fun)
So this weekend, will mark the one year anniversary of his death and we have decided as a family to take the opportunity to celebrate "HIS" way.. by a big canasta tournament in his name. We actually had the first annual one, last year.. the saturday after his funeral.. all of his brothers and sisters will still in town and all of my siblings. They are HUGE Canasta players and it's been a big family "thing" since I can remember. Infact we spent many sunday nights having dinner at my dads playing Canasta... it was one of his favorite things to do.
So in honor of him, last year we held a tournament. There were team of twos.. I think we started out with over 20 teams.. made up of brothers and sister, aunts, uncles, cousins. and after hours of "mini games.. it was down to two teams. The winner had their names engraved on a trophy (a giant trophy) that my brother in law had made with my dad's name on it"van campbell canasta tournement"and while the trophy stays at my dad's house.. the winners each year have the privilege of having their names engraved on it.
(this is a photo of the tournament last year.. this was the "finals" ...down to the last two teams. my brother cody and my husband, Ben, ended up being the "champions.. "the boy" in our family are famous for cheating.. although my dad hated it and always chastised them for it.. I admit.. I cheated sometimes too.. lol.. it's part of the fun! :))
We had so much fun. It was great to laugh and play and remember him. The tournament lasted all night and ended with so many wonderful memories.. not just of that night, but of my dad's life. So we decided to make it a yearly event.. on the weekend of his death each year.. to get together as family and celebrate and enjoy each other.. and have a Canasta tournament.. just as he would have wanted. This year my goal is to get my name on that trophy..one way or another! Lol..
My dad was also a very religious man.. loved the Gospel and believed in the importance of temple work. So my sister planned a day for us to do temple work for some of our ancestors, a family from generations past doing their baptisms, inititories, endowments, and sealing them together as a family... a full day of service.. remembering my dad. My sister just rocks.
SO I am SUPER excited for this weekend.. and to see my siblings, my niece and nephews, my aunts and uncles and cousins... who are making the trip. We sure have a lot of fun together!
I just had to share.. because I am really excited to see all of them.
BUT I also wanted to remind you all that the
I am so excited!!
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Hope to see you in class monday.. and thanks for letting me share about my weekend.. love my family. They are the most important thing to me..
Again.. huge shout out to my mom.. Happy Birthday!