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Congratulations, it's a girl!

Liz & Tio
Our family is growing again. Yesterday Tio's mom, Marcia, her husband Tom, and daughter Liz have moved into the next town. I picked Liz up after her first day at the middle school today and took her and Tio on a tour of the student hotspots including where to get fried chicken, the rec center, and our library (I know, I know...such a happening town!). Marcia came for supper and for the first time in 10 years Tio, his mom and sister were at the same table with Tish and me. They were infants back then and don't remember it but we 3 adults do. It wasn't such a happy time. But not just the kids have grown and changed. All of our lives have changed in ways we could never imagine and this seems to be heralding a new era.

The most amazing thing about the whole day was watching Tio and Liz together. Even though they haven't seen each other in a decade, they look, act and sound the same. Like twins separated at birth. They have the same facial expressions, same slang and hand signs, same inflection in their voices. Across the table from each other it was like watching a split screen mirror image all through dinner. The way they laughed and said 'sorry' after stepping out of line was too uncanny.

Blood really is thicker than water. Family has a tendency to grow at its own pace whether you're ready for it or not. What matters most is how you accept and move into the future together. I guess we have a brand new 13 year old granddaughter.

I like the sound of that.