I'm backkkkk!

My favorite uncle and I

Cousin and one of my "grandpas"

Grandparents and I 

The school bus we took to the cruise

Mom and I in their room

Beautiful momma on her crutches

One of my many cousins and I at one of the shows (and brother in the background)

Beautiful St.Thomas

Parents

Balcony hangs

Sister, mom and I (yes, I was the assigned crutches holder and mom's personal helper)

Part of the fam exploring St.Thomas

Traditional last dinner picture with our servers

Waiting to disembark and saying goodbye to this sweet face

And this one

After a wonderful two weeks of vacation with my family, I am happy to be home. 
I can't even begin to tell you how great it is to be surrounded by my family. We reserved a conference room on Christmas Eve night on the cruise and had a little service, just the 25 of us. After the scriptures were read by one child from each family, some of the adults spoke some beautiful words but the one that stuck most with me was my grandma's. You see, my grandparents paid for 85% of this entire trip. They believe in using their hard earned money from the days when they were both doctors to do things with the family as a whole rather than leaving us an inheritance after they pass away. So in other words, a living inheritance of sorts. My grandma said at one point in between tears "This is the best Christmas gift anyone could ever give us." And I'd have to agree. I am so grateful to my grandparents for giving us this experience and so many others in the past. They are such extraordinary people and have taught me so much of what it means to love and give to others. Like any vacation, there were bumps along the way but it truly didn't matter after I looked around that conference room full of people who have loved me and built me up all my life. 
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas as well.
xo
Amanda

Comments

  1. You have such a big great family! Your mom is such a troooooper to travel on those crutches.

    What a wonderful story, I love your grandparents' idea of how to use their money - memories are worth so much more after people pass away than the money they leave.

    Xo
    http://kittysnooks.blogspot.ca/

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  2. I'm so glad you had a wonderful Christmas! I did too! :) It started snowing Christmas night so that was fun!!!

    Love,
    Manda
    http://meandjesus-amanda.blogspot.com

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  3. You have a big family. And big families are SO FUN. You are beautiful and I couldn't agree with your grandparents. I think we could learn a lot from them.

    we&serendipity

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  4. I love your grandparent's sentiment on living and spending time with you all now, as opposed to leaving inheritance! What a beautiful way to live!

    I am incredibly jealous of your family fun! It sure looks like you would all be a great time :)

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  5. AH! It's fun to see your blog! We were in the British Virgin Islands then PR over Christmas. Crazy to think we could have waved when we were at Jost Van Dyke and you were at St Thomas ;) Cute blog.

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