In 2008, Jeff and I made a commitment. We decided that there were few gifts we could offer our children that were greater than the gift of family, of legacy, of love. We decided that we would fly across the country, every other year, so that our children would know their only living great-grandparents, the lovely Leo and Rita. We want our children to know their roots and to be engulfed in the love of extended family. For if there is one thing you can say about the Vanonis, it is this: their home knows no strangers. Every visitor is welcomed with a warm hug, a cold glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade, and a generous portion of guacamole straight from the avocado trees in the "backyard."
This year marked our third cross-country trek. It was, perhaps, our best trip ever. Some snapshots:
...the friendships that we have. The second half of our California visit is always spent with our long-time friends, the Grants. Emily and I became very close during the fall semester of my senior year of college as we
good beyond measure.