This has been an extra good weekend as all the kids were home from last Thursday evening through Sunday evening when our oldest son’s family headed back home. Our oldest daughter is still home until Thursday morning.
When so many miles separate the homes of our two oldest kids, it is a special blessing to have them all home at the same time. As our third child is in the final stretch of his college degree and our youngest daughter begins university life in the fall, we treasure the times we’re all together. Especially with our oldest daughter about to leave for a seven month deployment to Afghanistan, we know that it will be at least that many months before we’re all together again. Even so, only time and career choices in the years to come will determine if it gets easier or harder to get everyone together. For now, we are thankful and celebrate the times we have.
As our children get older and carve their own paths in the world, we experience and enjoy the next generation anew as our sixteen-month-old granddaughter (Lindsay) brings much joy, love, and laughter to the family. Lindsay was taking a nap while the rest of us gathered around the table to pray on Sunday afternoon. I look forward to when the family gathers again in person and in prayer.