It's Memory Monday and I want to share a family memory with you from this past year. This memory caused a lot of craziness and worry in our family but we got through it. That's what families do.
As you all know we had quite a few hurricanes last year. Our youngest son, Dakota, his wife and our little Adeline happened to be in the path of two of them. Dakota was and still is stationed with the United States Coast Guard, in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the time the two that impacted the Caribbean in September.
The first one they rode it out pretty easily since it did not have a direct hit on Puerto Rico. The second one not quite so much. Erma took a direct hit to the island. Luckily for us, Janna and Adeline were evacuated the day before it hit Puerto Rico.
I am sure that Janna, will never forget this past year, but I only wish that our Adeline, would have been old enough to remember her ride out of Puerto Rico on the C-130 US Coast Guard Cargo Plane. The orders were given early that morning and they could only pack one suitcase for each and at the time we had no idea where they were flying into.
They landed in Tampa that afternoon to much chaos with everything be so short notice. Luckily for our girls, they only had to spend one night and then we had them on a plane bound for Ohio. We were so thrilled to be able to hug them when they arrived at the airport and Dan and I were so relieved to have them home safely.
We all worried and prayed for Dakota and his shipmates and the families that where left behind, but as Dakota reminded me on a regular basis, this is what they train and prepare for everyday. Then of course I reminded him, that "Worry" is what Momma's do.
Our girls are still here in Ohio with us and unfortunately they will not be able to be reunited with Dakota full time for quite some time. He has been home twice and I know that every time he leaves them it is harder and harder. We all do our best to keep them busy and to make the time fly. Luckily, children are resilient and at this stage, the impact is not as great.
Adeline keeps Janna hopping, as well as her handmade soap business, Sailor Suds. She and Dakota started this in Puerto Rico and she has kept it going. I am looking forward to watching where she takes the business into the coming year.
I am quite proud of our girl, Janna and the strong mother that she is. She might night be mine by birth, but I love and admire her the same.
Till next time.
P.S. If you would like to purchase any of Janna's natural handmade soap, I have linked the images below to her etsy page.
Hello there! We are Daniel & Amy Smith of Triple "R" Creations. Together we are creating a crazy re-fined life, be it re-creating, re-modeling, traveling, enjoying fine food or just enjoying life with our family and friends. All from our crazy cottage by the pond along the banks of the Muskingum River, in Southeastern Ohio. Come in sit a spell and read all about our latest adventure.