I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We spent part of the day at my mom’s house and then part of the day at Tony’s brother’s house. The weather was simply gorgeous.
At one point as I was sitting on the swing outside at Mom’s, I was just really struck by how much work God has done in my family. For many years, we didn’t get together. For years I couldn’t have told you where my brother even was and there were years where my sister and I were not speaking. There were so many things that happened. So many hurts, so many tears.
As a Christian, I knew that I was called to forgive and forgive I did, but at the same time, there had to be some healthy space in order for healing to occur. Those quiet Thanksgivings and Christmases, God was so gentle with me. I treasured the time with just Tony and the boys and sometimes my mom, free from the pressure to just "pretend" that things were ok, when they weren’t.
And so I share with you now that God has simply amazed me by bringing my family back together again. I love watching the kids play, hearing everyone tell funny stories, and seeing how happy it makes my mother. I love that my children are seeing how God has worked in all of this. Years ago, I couldn’t have imagined us all being together again like this, but as the verse says above, He is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine!
I thought you all might like some other outtakes as well. (Just in case you were tired of seeing other people’s perfect family photos!)
Ummm, does that blinking light mean it’s… *CLICK*
OK, try and be still this time. Everybody SMILE. NO funny faces!
Oh well, I guess that’s as good as it’s going to get TODAY anyway. But just look at Mikey’s little Gwendolyn.
At least we got another great picture of her!