The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Travel, Family, and Seizing the Day!

Home in Colorado, Kyle and Ashlyn enjoy the pond and waterfall...it was a cool 44 degrees this morning!

Busyness abounds in the Kofford Household...

Life is full of so many opportunities, and we are seizing every one that comes our way! I am trying to embrace the words I know my mother lived by during that final year of her life. She wanted to enjoy life fully every day and not miss a single opportunity. We are trying to do the same!

I have a very small family and few extended family members that are still alive. It seems the last times I have seen most of them have been at my parents funerals. Determined to have current memories that make up happy moments, rather than mourning, I decided to fly to southern California to visit my aunts, uncle, and cousins for my birthday. It was a wonderful time to reminisce of my parents, yet spend time together with family making new memories!
Family! My cousin Michael, Aunt Beth, Aunt Sylvia, Uncle Jerry, and cousins Andrew and Abby...Mike's wife is behind the camera! (We enjoyed a delicious dinner and swimming in Mike and Paula's pool...while it was 102 degrees in CA it was in the 50's back home in Colorado!) It was great to hear everyone sing not only the "Happy Birthday" song we all know in English, but to also have them sing the Swedish version which is a tradition in our family! I hadn't heard it or had it sung to me since before my dad passed away...
My Aunt Sylvia and Uncle Jerry at the Arboreteum where there are trees with memorial markers for my grandparents behind us. They also drove me by the first house I lived in, and where my dad went to college, etc...It was a great birthday weekend!

My only other cousin, David, lives with his family in Massachusetts. I have missed him too and and wasn't sure when we would see one another again. We have decided to take a family trip to the east coast to visit David, and see the fall colors as well as all the historic sites of the area next week! We hesitated to pull the kids from school, but for a few days, the opportunity to learn more about the Revolutionary War and see the area where battles were fought, will be an educational experience for us all! I will post photos when we return!
Back home in CO, I went horseback riding this week with my friend Kate. We went for a leisurely trail ride around, "Pella Crossing" on a beautiful crisp fall morning. You can see why I haven't been blogging much...there is just too much outdoor living to do right now! :-)

Tom is still busy job hunting, but until a position is found, we are using this time together to travel and spend time with family whenever we can. Tom will be flying to CA to visit with his family later in the month, and then he and his parents will fly back to CO for a road trip out to Oaklahoma so his folks can see their granddaughter, and Tom's niece Holly. We are sure making the most of our time together while Tom is home!

I hope you too are seizing the day and enjoying time with friends and family whenever you get the chance! Life is short, let's make it count!

8 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a wonderful time you had, Denise, and happy belated birthday to you! What a blessing that you got to do this and that you will visit your cousin this fall. Sounds like another fun visit is in store!

I'm finally back to my computer, but I think it might have an issue so I might have to take it back to the shop. But today, I'm going to enjoy posting.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Beth said...

Happy Belated Birthday! You are an inspiration! What a great trip East! I wouldn't even hesitate to take the kids out of school!

Lazy Mom Amanda said...

Welcome back to the land of blogging. I have been missing your updates. Glad you are having a great fall!

Anita said...

All sounds well! I hope you enjoy your trip to MA..........it's been a long time since I've been, but I agree, it's an area filled with history and much to see and do!
Glad to see you blogging, if only briefly!

Anonymous said...

Hi Denise! We had such a great time with you last weekend! The kids absolutely adore you and are already asking "when will we see Auntie Denise again?!" We had a fantastic time taking the RV up to Stanford this last weekend. I will send photos once I develop them. Happy Monday! :)

Kim said...

Love all the pics! Especially the one of Kyle and Ashlyn by the pond. Very natural and seems to fit their own personalities. Have a wonderful trip....I love that you are seizing the day!
LYLAS-Kim

Traci said...

you're going to love your trip next week! i'm all about the historical places! wish you were coming to nc!

glitzen said...

I love the horseback riding pic! And your birthday sounded like a wonderful time too. I'm so happy you have family to help "take you back" to the times you remember so fondly. A great way to spend your day. :)
Have a terrific time on your next adventure..wow. I'm jealous! East coast in the fall-its a dream someday. I bet it will be gorgeous. Have fun!