Friday, December 26, 2014

A New Christmas with family

As anyone can expect the end of the year can bring surprises and lots of joy to one's heart and soul.  This year is really an exception for Kay and I, as we welcome a new member to  our family. My granddaughter was born 19th of December, a few days late but a joy to behold. Mother and daughter is doing fine and she seem's to be real trouper.  Lucy is wearing a cap make by her aunt, cute isn't it?

This year the whole family gathered at their mother's house for Christmas Eve this year and it is a joy to watch my children banter back and forth telling stories on themselves and doting on their new niece. It thrills my heart to see such a strong connection between the three of them as they chatted away the time.

We had a great meal and time spent with the children and grandchildren.  Three years ago I would have never even thought of a gathering with my children. My oldest son has extended an invitation for us to join them at their Uncle's house on the lake in South Carolina; will have to see if that pans out.
But to everyone who reads this blog believe that there is a sliver of a chance that things can and must might work out for everyone. Happy Holidays and a New Year from "The Two Auntees"

Saturday, November 29, 2014

this years post and pictures

Well, it has been so busy this year that I "forgot" to post anything to this blog. It's been one thing after another for so long that we hardly let our feet touch the ground, much less let the grass grow around our feet.

After our surprised holidays celebrations with all of my family, we have gotten used to greeting each other when we meet somewhere. Kay and I still do a lot of traveling for fun and for getting away, but this year we got more involved with the mid-term elections and trying to raise capitol for our local candidates. While we live in the deep south, supporting the Democratic ticket has been like spitting in the wind, but we did make some progress in changing the people's attitude towards Democratic ideals of equality for everyone, we couldn't make people vote for those ideal and break with party lines.

As I had said, it's been my daughter who has brought everyone together in the past; well this year she is expecting her first child by the 16th of December and everyone is very excited.  This year we gathered at my ex's house to visit and catch the family up with lives, and we have been invited to spend Christmas Eve at her house with the family. We are very excited.

There is a trans women who posts frequently to Facebook, and it saddens me that her family is not accepting at this time and she feel herself in a quandary as to how she will resolve this fight with herself. If only we could reach across the miles and hug her, letting her know that most of us had the same fight and we 'bloodied and beaten' time and time again until one of us let the other identity win.

We continue to travel and explore place across the nation, and Gettysburg National Civil War Battlefield left a mark on my soul.  I wish that every Congressman should visit that battlefield before they vote on whether we go to war with someone, else; knowing that war on today's battlefield leaves terrible scars for those at home as well as those we send into battle.
The State Monument at Gettysburg

Independence Hall, Philadelphia 
Kay and I protesting Ben Carson's paid speech at the University.
Here I am with Democratic Candidate for Governor, Jason Carter
Kay at the PFLAG booth at a college event

Kay at the Georgia Integrity table at the Local Convention

Looking out a window at the Governor's Home at Colonial Williansburg