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    Red Face A heartwarming story...I love my family

    Let me tell you a little bit about my family.
    My sister has been in the Marines for about 21 years now. She went career. Has been on numerous tours of duty, including Somalia, Desert Storm, and more recently Iraq, twice. She has since been stationed in Hawaii for 3 years and has finally decided to retire. After she retires she will write a book, she was a photojournalist in the service. After that she will go to Afghanistan to participate in charity work. My family is very proud of her, as am I.
    My father is retired. He converted to Hinduism years ago and makes annual trips to India. He called me recently to let me know that he would be moving to India for good. Long story short, he is opening a foundation for young girls there to go to college (a la Oprah). I'm very proud of him.
    With my sister retiring and dad moving out of the country the family is planning a reunion to coincide with her retirement ceremony in O'ahu, Hawaii.
    My husband, daughter and I don't plan on attending purely out of a financial strain. It's been a rough few months but we manage. Don't get me wrong, the house gets paid for, food, school, bills, etc. But the funds for a trip like that just wasn't feasible on such short notice.
    Last week my other sister in Colorado calls me out of the blue and says " no strings attached, no payment necessary, we have tickets for you to come to the reunion".

    I'm telling you, I started crying. Who does that nowadays? Seriously?
    I was in total shock, very happy, kind of numb even.

    My husband and I aren't used to being on the receiving end of kindness like this. (Actually I take that back, earlier this year our coworkers all pitched in a gave us some funds when our house was broken into. Cried for that too. There are good people out there.)

    I'm especially delighted because my family and I only get to see each other every few years so this is special. (Geez, I'm crying now.)

    I just feel like shouting from the mountaintops how happy I am! But putting it on MiceChat is even better.

    Thanks for letting me share.
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    Re: A heartwarming story...I love my family

    Be careful, it could be an Amway sales pitch in disguise.







    Just kidding, that is awesome, enjoy it! Remember, you would do the same for your family, if you could. Have an amazing time.




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    Re: A heartwarming story...I love my family

    Awe man, Amway! Noooooooooo! hahahah
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    Re: A heartwarming story...I love my family

    That's awesome!! Take lots of pictures and have a wonderful time!

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    Re: A heartwarming story...I love my family

    That is so absolutely wonderful That really puts a lump in my throat. I hope you have an truly wonderful trip!



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    Re: A heartwarming story...I love my family

    What a great family you have! I'm so glad you get to go to the reunion.

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    Re: A heartwarming story...I love my family

    Awwww, Paola,

    What a great story - it made me teary-eyed. You've got an amazing family, and will have a wonderful time in Hawai'i!
    She did it!


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    Re: A heartwarming story...I love my family

    Yeah! How awesome. I'm so happy for you and your family sounds just terrific!

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    Re: A heartwarming story...I love my family

    I was telling my husband this morning that I want to take all my friends with me. And get everyone an AP. And then he threw in a cruise. Who wants to go?

    (I better go get that lottery ticket.)
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    Re: A heartwarming story...I love my family

    I wanna go. I am sure I am your long lost sister who needs to go to Hawaii also.

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    Re: A heartwarming story...I love my family

    That is so cool!! I'm so happy that you'll have that family reunion! How many people are going to be going? What a major celebration!!!

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    Re: A heartwarming story...I love my family

    What a nice story. Makes me feel all
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    Re: A heartwarming story...I love my family

    Ok kids, start packing up now. We'll be seeing dad, my brother, my Marine sister, her two daughters, and my other sisters daughter. My sister in Colorado and her husband and youngest daughter wont be able to make it. =( She's the one paying for my ticket. Unfortunately she has work obligations that make it impossible to go. That along with her youngest daughter trying out for the Denver Nuggets dance team made the timing for them not possible. But not to worry, they will be going in late July. And then in August we all plan on meeting up in Las Vegas. I can't wait to see her and give her a big ol hug!
    Meanwhile, I'm working on that lottery ticket. I'll let you all know when I'll be sending those Deluxe AP's.
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    Re: A heartwarming story...I love my family

    Heart warming story. I'm so happy that you are going to be able to go to your reunion. What an amazing gift.

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    Re: A heartwarming story...I love my family

    How totally awesome!!! I'm just sorry your sister and her family won't be able to make it too! But being able to go to Hawaii with the rest of the family will be fantastic!!

    And hey... I already have my AP so all I need is a tank of gas to get to Disneyland to party with you!




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