The family.  We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.  ~Erma Bombeck

I went on a walk with my family last week, on this beautiful trail that surrounds a local amusement park. It’s close by and we always enjoy walking on the trail. During the season that the amusement park is open we hear lots of laughter. During the off-season we get to see some animals through the chain link fence surrounding the park. But we don’t go for the entertainment. We go to be together. To play together.

Being that I have gotten really bad at taking my camera along with me, I have decided to change that habit. I took it with us on our walk, and the pictures are nothing to write home about, but I Love them. They may be crooked, and the color may be off (seriously, seriously bad), but here’s what I see when I look them:

-The way she still likes to sit on her daddy’s shoulders; and how he still lets her.

-The way the second brother is getting old enough to goof around with the oldest brother; and the way the oldest brother takes it on like a champ.

-The way the baby of the family is rushing ahead to “win the race” of our walk; he always likes to be in front.

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-The excitement she feels when this horse comes to the fence to greet us every time. The way she still tentatively reaches out, and the magic she feels when she pets him.

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-And the way that it’s nearly impossible to get my rowdy bunch all looking at me and smiling for a “quick picture.”

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-The way they all line up from tallest to shortest without any direction. The way she takes control of helping her baby brother stay in place; also without any direction.

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-And most importantly: although they are scraggly, and this is not set up to be a beautiful family portrait, they are so beautiful to me. I have four rambunctious, tough, entertaining, and loving, healthy children. I am so blessed.

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One Response to “Family”

  1. […] you know what? It was the darndest thing…remember when I walked with my family along one of our favorite trails? So I was walking, and the trail was beautiful, and the leaves were beautiful, and suddenly I found […]

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