Family Matters

Thursday, I was super blessed to witness my husband’s promotion along with:

His parents (who drove all the way from Louisiana!)

My parents

My grandparents (whom I affectionately refer to as Mamma & Pappa)

And two great friends (Roger & Paula).

I can’t tell you how special it was to J & I to have such a great gathering of wonderful people around to celebrate the important day with us. We were so happy to share our joy with everyone!

Between living far away from extended family, and on/off issues, family was a bit of a scattered experience for me growing up. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized how important family truly is and have tried really hard to develop better relationships. It is beyond wonderful for me to be able to share such close family connections now. I never thought I would have an opportunity to have so many loved ones (from both sides of the family) gathered in my home, celebrating together. It makes me smile just thinking about it. 🙂

Besides my relatives, family for me also includes my brothers/sisters/mothers/fathers/aunties/uncles in Christ. Taking all those folks into account, my family is huge and amazing. Family is a lovely gift and I hope I never take mine for granted. They are beautiful people for all they are and I’m so grateful to have them in my life. It’s a terrific feeling to know they are all supporting J & I, no matter what. And that’s the value of family: they are always there for you. That is one of my favorite things about Jesus actually … He is always there for me and He is full of grace and acceptance even in my worst and weakest of times. Especially now, in such a painful time, I am even more aware of His presence and His gentle strength. This strength is often demonstrated to me through those in my life. For example, while my family was here visiting, everyone stepped up and helped me so much since I wasn’t feeling well. After everyone left, my faith community family stepped up with encouragement and prayers. I couldn’t be more grateful for everyone I get to share my life with… Love to all of you!

What do you love about family? What does family mean to you?

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