This past weekend was a bitter sweet one. We got to have our Babba come in town from NJ and spent some great quality time with her. While she was here we cleared out my basement of all her stuff. Ever since we moved into our home we have always had Dallins parents stay with us when they would visit, sometimes for a month at a time. When we got pregnant we decided to finish our basement so that we could still host guest, while our newborn took over the guest room.
Dallin and his mom designed the downstairs kitchen and basement perfectly for entertaining. It is even better than the upstairs. Upon completion we decided to rent it out to some of Dallins friends. When Debra came in town she said this is not going to do and she bought out our basement so that she would be the only “renter”. For 6 years we had Debra stay with us while she visited. She filled that basement up as a second home for her and we got to enjoy many memories together. So when she was in town it was very bitter sweet to take all her belongings out of my home. Sure it freed up space -she has even more stuff than us:) but I would do anything to keep things the way they were. I will always cherish all those memories of her in my home. I learned a lot from her and she taught me so much. I used to be very inferior of her when she would come to town because I was insecure of my homemaking skills. Through the years she taught me how to clean, cook, & run a home. And she taught me the most valuable lesson of all to love what I was doing. And if I couldn’t do it all it’s okay to hire out, and get help. That the most important thing is to be a happy mom and there for my children. I look up to her tremendously and more than anything want what she created for her children, a very happy home. All her kids, all 11 of them, love her so much and love coming back home for weeks-months at a time. Debra you have been a huge blessing in my life. From throwing me a wedding in NJ, supporting me through college, and teaching me how to run a family and a home. I don’t know who I would be without you.
It was also very sweet to see how many people visited her on her short stay, she has more friends in Utah than I do! Debra you are one loved and respected lady. May I live my life in such a way that I can have as many deep and meaningful relationships as you.