The running joke around here is that Cadence is going to think that anyone over the age of 40 is a grandparent.

Let’s see, there’s Poppa Mark…

And Nonna Dawn…

And Gamma Diane…

And Pop-Pop Rich…

And Grandma Jayne…

And Papa Duane…

And Granny Wendy…

And Pawpoo Shawn…

Don’t even get me started on great-grandparents or aunts and uncles. Between Steven and I, we have 15 siblings. If Cadence isn’t calling someone Grandma or Grandpa, she’ll probably be calling them Aunt or Uncle something-or-other.

I’m not exaggerating at all when I say that Steven and I are not looking forward to the day Cadence comes home from school with an assignment to do a family tree. Forget drawing a nice, symmetrical tree on a piece of poster board. In order to complete her geneology project, Cadence is going to need a database for all the names, a powerpoint presentation with illustrations and photos, and perhaps even a large bulletin board (like you see on cop shows) with different colored threads to show how everyone is connected. She doesn’t just have a family tree, she has a family forest, but to be quite honest, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

We’ve got a pretty incredible family, and a pretty incredible story to go along with it. Now that I have gotten back into the habit of writing every day, I’ve been thinking it might be time to start working on my memoir again. Between getting the photography business relaunched here in Lincoln and working on several other writing projects, my time may be a bit limited to work on it, but I think it’s time to give it a go and see if I can’t get it finished.

Wish me luck.

Today’s 365 Project entry is dedicated to the best darn parents (and grandparents) a girl could ask for!


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