On Sean's day off, we drove to Atlanta. Sean hasn't had a day off in a couple of weeks, and we hadn't seen his brother in a few months, so we decided on a whim to head that way. The leaves had just begun to change colors, so the drive through Chattanooga was beautiful as the bursts of color welcomed us into the mountains of Tennessee. In Atlanta we went to the aquarium, Olympic park, Lenox Square Mall, and then met Sean's brother and our sister-in-law for dinner. We always enjoy spending time with them and wish we could see them more often! I'm so thankful for Sean's family (his grandparents, his brothers & S-I-L). They have truly embraced me as a part of their family and have taught me how to love unconditionally, to be a friend, and to give more freely of myself. It's amazing how we can spend our entire lives with our siblings, but are able to find the same love and compassion for a family we simply marry into. Maybe it's just all of the things we've experienced together in such a short time that has brought us so close; but even so, I feel blessed to be part of the Glouner clan.
So this week wasn't full of lazy days in PJs like I had planned, but we were given the opportunity to spend time together and the ability to recognize the strength and comfort that comes from the gift of family and friendship.