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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thankfulness Part I: Family

As we are heading into November, that wonderful month wherein lies my most treasured of holidays, I have decided to write on thankfulness.  The photo above is our family table at Thanksgiving last year.
The table we grew up sitting around, evening after evening, sharing our meals, our lives, our hope and dreams.  The time we spent around it, growing up, are a huge part of who we are today, especially to each other.

I have been blessed beyond blessing in my family.  My parents, my sisters, my husband and our children.
Today I am telling you all how thankful I am for each of you and how very precious you are to me.

You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back.     
~William D. Tammeus

To the outside world we all grow old.  But not to brothers and sisters.  We know each other as we always were.  We know each other's hearts.  We share private family jokes.  We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys.  We live outside the touch of time.  ~Clara Ortega

 Being in love is a good thing, but it is not the best thing.  There are many things below it, but there are also things above it.   You cannot make it the basis of a whole life. 
It is a noble feeling, but it is still a feeling.  Now no feeling can be relied on to last in its full intensity, or even to last at all.  Knowledge can last, principles can last, habits can last, but feelings come and go.  And in fact, whatever people say, the state called “being in love” usually does not last… But, of course, ceasing to be “in love” need not mean ceasing to love.  Love in this second sense — love as distinct from “being in love” — is not merely a feeling.  It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by (in Christian marriages) the grace which both partners ask, and receive, from God.  They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself when you do not like yourself.  They can retain this love even when each would easily, if they allowed themselves, be “in love” with someone else.  “Being in love” first moved them to promise fidelity:  this quieter love enables them to keep the promise.  It is on this love that the engine of marriage is run:  being in love was the explosion that started it.          
~C.S. Lewis

Sometimes the laughter in mothering is the recognition of the ironies and absurdities. 
Sometimes, though, it's just pure, unthinking delight.  
~ Barbara Shapiro 

 She was perfectly quiet now, but not asleep--only soothed by sweet porridge and warmth into that wide-gazing calm which makes us older human beings, with our inward turmoil, feel a certain awe in the presence of a little child, such as we feel before some quiet majesty or beauty in the earth or sky--before a steady glowing planet, or a full-flowered eglantine, or the bending trees over a silent pathway.  
~George Eliot

Thank you God for the gift of my family.

There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained
~Winston Churchill


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