Friday, December 31, 2010

The Mercado Family, and then some

My Family. (L-R, F-B)Mom & Dad, Me, GP, TChoco (sister), Harvey (brother), TSandy (sister), Nyshma (Niece) & Ryan (soon to be Nephew)
GP and I are finally back home after celebrating Christmas with my extended family. It had been over ten years since I had seen my brother and about three since I had seen my parents, so we had some catching up to do. My niece who just recently relocated to NH showed up on Christmas Eve with her fiance and made my sister's wishes come true. It would have been her first Christmas without her baby (who is now a little grown up, ahem!), but thanks to some awesome planning (Nyshma's) and a sneaky cohort (TChoco) was there on schedule in time for the pernil (that's the official Puertorrican holiday feast roast) prepared by grandma. Woo-HOO!
My parents have been married 48 years and I feel so lucky to have been there to celebrate their Anniversary too. Time flies, doesn't it? 48 years, Hello!
My heart is happy and I feel blessed to have spent the holidays with my family. It's hard to coordinate travel and lodging for nine but when it happens, it's just awesome.
It was hard to say goodbye but I so missed being home. There is no place like home and this was my second holiday away from home. I think I am understanding where the phrase "there is no place like home for the Holidays" comes from. I love my family and I will miss them dearly but I am happy to be home, even if it's not quite as toasty as TX...
Hope your holidays were spent with those you love, and that the New Year brings you health, happiness, love and laughter. Happy New Year!!!

10 comments:

Belle* said...

Beautiful family! Congratulations to your parents, so lucky you have them both!!

Diva Kreszl said...

such a beautiful family! may 2011 bring you all many blessings, good health, ample prosperity and always much love!

Sue said...

How nice that you could all get together and especially since you hadn't seen one another in so long.
What a beautiful family. You all look related!

Many blessings to you and your family as we begin a new year !!

Anna said...

Seeing your family photo made me nostalgic. This was the first holiday where DH and I were by ourselves. It was stress free and we enjoyed ourselves...but seeing your photo makes me want chaos next year!

Linda said...

Beautiful smiles abound in that photo! Except your brother looks a little mischievous! Glad you are happy to be home! We are happy you are there too!

Jenny said...

What a beautiful family you have! I love your smile and the happy light in your eyes!

Congratulations to your parents!

I'm sending along a holiday hug and some warm wishes that 2011 will be filled with joy and many blessings.

Maggey and Jim said...

What a wonderful loving family.. We are so blessed.. The best new year for you and yours..
Hugs,
Maggey

Robin said...

Happy New Year to you too Brenda! What a wonderful family picture!! here's to a great 2011!

Patty said...

Handsome family,Happy New Years.

ContrĂ´le Produit said...

I agree that there is really no place like home.