My four brothers and I are pretty scattered around this big country and don’t see each other often so when we do it’s very special to me. This holiday saw two of them travel with their families to spend a week in our home playing, laughing, talking, eating and—for me—soaking up the reality that we were simply together. When you live far away from family it’s easy to forget that beautiful sense of familiarity which comes with their presence. I breathed easier while they were here. And now that they’ve gone I miss them terribly.
The kids loved having live-in playmates.
Lauren met her Uncle Zach and Aunt Alyson for the first time. The two of them came bearing gifts of the hand-made variety (photos to come when I get the film processed). Examples of these exquisite tabletop objects can be seen here.
Growing up the only girl in a family of five kids has made me so appreciative of sisters-in-law and I’m very lucky to have two good ones.
Lauren had a hard time saying goodbye and I knew exactly how she felt.
Thank you, Taylor, Becky, Kaleb, Jakob, Zach and Alyson for celebrating Thanksgiving with us. I love you all very much.