|Dad the day of the funeral. Plano, Illinois was not only where the family lived but also where the Superman movie was filmed, thus the "Smallville" sign on this building.|
|Our room was huge, it fit 4 Pack n Play's perfectly!|
It shouldn't take the death of a family member to remind me that life is so delicate and there is something so precious and... familiar... with family. I have had some friends for a very long time, but with family you are a part of everyone else's story too, and your story started even before you were born. Whether from up close or afar, family witnesses the intimate struggles, circumstances, joys, disappointments, faults, accomplishments, failures, strengths & weaknesses of each other decade to decade. Individual family members can vary widely in looks, personality and lifestyle, yet strip away a lot of who we have become and you are likely to find some of the same familial strengths & struggles.
I love my family. Perfect we are not. But then again, what family is? Life is too short and fragile to have regrets. If at all possible, love your family well. Forgive them. Give them grace. Pray for patience (for you) as needed and often. Enjoy them! Be kind, even when you find it hard. Treat them as you want to be treated. Speak truth, but only in love. Connect with them as often as you can. These are things that can be hard to do with family, but life is never guaranteed. We won't regret it....