narrated by: Eva
Recently, Gideon mentioned how he still felt the desire for another baby, though logically he realizes that we, or me primarily, is past that stage. When I unexpectedly lost the baby three years ago, I wound up closing my heart to the idea entirely. Dr. Morgan had been diligent in telling me how age was against me when it came to pregnancy this late in life, and I feel very blessed with three daughters I have.
We both adore sweet Dahlia, if she’d been more difficult like Paloma then he might not have missed having a baby in the house. I do not miss Paloma living at home as a minor, I much prefer our adult relationship now.
Linnea is mostly easy to parent at least in comparison to Paloma who seemed to positively glow when she caused discord. Linnea took her SAT which she can retake before graduating this year if she feels she can do better, but she scored a 54! That makes her eligible for half-priced tuition, plus several scholarships.
I’m still in shock that she’s a senior, even as her and Itzel looked up their SAT scores. Itzel intends to take hers again, she scored a 49, just one point shy of the half-off tuition, not that her parents cry over things like money.
Itzel is incredibly reserved, and is trying to talk Linnea into skipping the dorm experience and just renting their own place instead. I’d rather the girls live on campus, it feels safer there then their own house farther away from all their classes. At least at a dorm, I know that teachers and staff are around to help out, and campus police in case of an emergency.
I believe that Linnea is leaning towards the dorm, so I’ve stayed out of it other than a few subtle hints about safety, and getting the most out of a university experience on campus. I never had the opportunity to attend university, and I would have loved to stay in a dorm, even if my dormmate was the most annoying person ever, it would have been temporary and worthy of some good stories.
Work has been going well for both me and Gideon. He got a recent promotion at the university in the science division, and I’m planning the wedding of our good friends, Dave and Alicia. Admittedly, I do know Dave better than Alicia, but I think we are on our way to close friends.
Julia has been a great assistant, especially with me being in this wedding, I absolutely need her. I’m aware that being an Event Planner is not Julia’s life long dream, but she does the job incredibly well, and I hope to keep her as long as possible.
When the big day came, it went together fabulously. I had been mildly stressed planning the wedding and being the matron of honor, but Julia really saved the day.
We were all so happy for Dave, who has seen several women over the years, but never had any want him for the long run. We are all glad that he’s found Alicia to spend his life with.
With him over forty, and her pushing it, they are in a similar situation that me and Gideon had been in. But luckily she’s the younger of the two of them, and that should give them better fertility odds than us. They both want two children, and are hoping to find themselves expecting sometime in the upcoming year.
For the reception, I was able to enjoy myself as a guest, Julia did that well with clean up, and settling any debts with the owners of Wickfield Hall.
The way Paloma snuggled into Adam’s arms, I told Gideon perhaps another wedding might be on the horizon, and while him and Paloma have never had a father-daughter relationship, I still think he’d enjoy being a Grandpa. Though he insists that he is way too young for that, which is rather true, but sadly, not so true for me. I already know that Paloma is smitten with the idea of marrying Adam, he just hasn’t asked.
At the end of the month, I had been able to talk them both into staying over on Christmas Eve, I really wanted the house full on Christmas morning. I can’t tell Adam’s thoughts on marriage or a possible timeline. I tried to get a read on him, because Paloma has asked if I see a future for them.
Considering that Adam was reading through my Marriage books before dinner, I’d gather that he had at least considered the notion of marriage. But I still can’t sense any type of timeline from him.
They’re both cooks, her the baker and him the chef, that I allowed them to cook most of the Christmas dinner. It just didn’t make sense to force myself in there when I lack even a portion of their skill.
Dinner went well, I no longer have to worry about Paloma blurting out embarrassing things, or misleading her younger sisters. Dahlia happily took the limelight of the conversation.
Linnea does annoy Paloma slightly, it’s quite evident that she has a huge crush on Adam, and Paloma doesn’t have much patience for silly girlish whims.
While Paloma kept trying to shut her sister up, I just reveled in my family with Gideon. All the years of hardship, I had never imagined that I could have this peace, or a meal so fine as ours. My only regret was that my Mom wasn’t alive to witness it, she’d passed right before the truly good times had begun in my life.
It embarrasses Gideon, but I truly think all my luck came when I married him. And the girls really do like him now, even Adam treats him with respect, which isn’t something that all Step Fathers receive.
Gideon announced his recent promotion to Scholar, and Paloma shared her own news. With her savings and a small loan from the bank, she hoped to be opening her own bakery this upcoming year, she has sought the aid of a realtor in finding a good property that fits her needs and budget.
She’s still trying to talk Adam into running it with her, he just feels bad to leave his boss, Hazel in the lurch with the diner.
I couldn’t have even dreamed of a better Christmas, let alone ever thought to ask for one.
It was such a wonderful time, that Paloma and Adam stayed an extra night. Then they really had to get back to South Port, feed their kitty Custard, and get back to their jobs.
It’s hard to believe that next Christmas, Linnea will be away at Eastborough, hopefully not going boy-crazy ether. I really wish she’d been able to find a nice, calm high school boy to date while under my supervision and guidance. Time will tell.
Notes: Adam is not cooperating! I played him SO long at Eva’s, and did several dates too, just hoping he’d roll the engagement want! A Christmas engagement would have been so special for Paloma. But nope. Why does no one want to marry her? I’d really like a mini baby boom here, but none of my late twenty-somethings are cooperating.
I am a bit concerned about Linnea, she is rather shy, not as severely as Itzel… but she was quite aggressive towards Adam. I had missed all these failed kiss attempts until the last one. I posted those pictures here.
I did a full-blown wedding for Dave and Alicia, and I’ll be posting it all on my tumblr this week.
And yes, Gideon had the baby want. They didn’t TFB at all though, and I am absolutely happy with their current family. Even though Dahlia is so darn adorable.