My 30 days of thanks giving are winding down and the countdown to Christmas will begin soon. If you’re a steady reader of Mama’s Empty Nest, you know that family means the world to me as I do write about my loved ones often.
I consider myself ultimately blessed to have a close-knit, loving family – don’t get me wrong, we’re certainly not perfect and we have our squabbles but we love each other enough to work things out and forgive one another. I realize many folks can’t say the same. For those who struggle with family situations, my hope for you is that you find caring, supportive folks who will love you within the family of God.
Not all of our immediate family is able to venture home for Thanksgiving Day tomorrow. Many miles separate us but love binds us together and I pray it always stays that way as our family grows and increases.
I’m grateful for the loved ones who will be around our dining room table tomorrow, including one of son-in-law’s buddies who can’t be with his own family clear across the country. And I’m so thankful all of my family will congregate to celebrate Christmas together before oldest daughter and son-in-law leave on their grand adventure to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. (They are top left in the photo above taken two years ago; middle daughter & son-in-law who are expecting our first grandchild are top right; son and daughter-in-law are bottom left, and of course, the two who started it all – Mama and Papa – are bottom right.)
And for now, I’m thankful for a house full of people I love and the opportunity, God willing, to all be together again for Christmas.
“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” ~ Desmond Tutu