In our family we like to have people over. We like to play games, some of us more than others. We watch movies together, learn together. I guess you could say that we spend a lot of time together.
The funny thing is we are all so busy! Lindsay and Emma work 2 jobs each, I work here and in our store, Tim works his crazy hours at his work...but somehow we all end up together at some point during the day.
This liking to hang out together did not happen by chance. We made deliberate choices to foster family closeness. We worked through personality issues, we keep short accounts with each other, we laugh together a lot, and we practice forgiveness.
I am thankful for God's grace in our lives. So thankful for nuturing relationships with one another. I am thankful to see my children's love for each other, and their love for their grandparents, and Tim and I. We're blessed. We know it!
So when the storm was coming we made sure that my parents came here to spend a few days with us. Grandpa bunked in with Kyle and Grandma in with the girls. The girls stayed up late talking with Grandma. Our friend Denny dropped by yesterday and today. We made phone calls to check in with friends to make sure they were okay. Teaching our kids to care for others outside the family as well.
I want to write more in the coming weeks about family culture, but tonight my heart was full from the last few days of time together.