It’s Sunday, so I may as well use bible like words, right?
My birthday was Friday, and it was one of the best yet! Jackson came home the night before and we headed out with the van packed for wedding festivities around 4:30. We stopped in Holland, Michigan and picked up Katie from Hope College and headed south. My family was together ❤️! We had dinner at a steakhouse in Holland (my very fave meal) and headed to our hotel in Munster, Indiana. It was a little further than I had anticipated, I had thought 90 minutes, but in fact was two hours.
We were greeted by my dear, dear friend Tammy, and a birthday glass of wine with just us girls was next on the birthday agenda. SO good to catch up. Tammy was my next door neighbor when we were stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in California. We have daughters the same age and sons who although we’re not the same age, had similar interests. We bonded quickly and quite often would have a glass of wine for happy hour on the back patio as the sun went down over the Mojave Desert.
The bond was formed and it’s still tight to this day. We retired from the Air Force 9 years ago now, and for Andrew it was 3 years ago. We flew down to Montgomery, Alabama for that retirement and it was a fantastic way to celebrate the ending a phenomenal career. While they were stationed in Montgomery we were fortunate enough to see them every year or so as we drove through on our way to Destin during spring break. Just making that small effort strengthened our bond.
As the years go by now, and with them now retired to their hometown in Georgia, we don’t get to see each other as often, but I am so thankful for modern technology because although we don’t call each other but ever couple of months, we text each other about once a month, bit we stay connected by social media weekly if not daily!
Munster, Indiana was a lovely little suburb with a beautiful military honored walking park just across from our hotel. The Centennial Park where the wedding and reception were held was just lovely with formal gardens, a pond, a dog park and a golf course off the backside. Although we didn’t go, reconnecting was a much higher priority, Chicago and Navy Pier are just 30 miles north of there. The SpringHill suites where we stayed was exactly as you would expect from a Marriott hotel; clean, comfy beds, unfortunately the customer service wasn’t us to their usual par. I have no complaints really, but I stay at A LOT of Marriotts and am usually greeted a little more enthusiastically or at least acknowledged for being a gold elite member and offered a bottle of water. Don’t get me wrong, I would stay here again, but I will let them know that they aren’t living up to their usual standards.
What makes a perfect birthday? Family, friends, food and a nice glass of wine. Check, check, check! My cup runneth over.