Thursday, August 04, 2011

Family, Found

I'm feeling fortunate.
My son found a wife who is not only perfect all by herself, but then as an abundant, amazing blessing, she comes with a family that we just adore.
A lot.
All of them.
(Hopefully we won't scare them because we like them so much.)

This past weekend they brought me out to California take wedding photos for another daughter.
I got to see my son and his wife, which I loved.
Jeff and Ashlyn, married 1 year
And I grow ever-fonder of this delightful daughter-in-law.

But after 44 years of living in my parents' near orbit,
I find myself still feeling a slight emptiness in a corner of my heart a year after their move.
Wishing for the particular comfort of extended family.
This weekend filled that little empty divot.
And I had a place for a while, an actual physical feeling of belonging.

And it was so sweet that frankly, I cried a little when I left.


  1. Oh, friend. I must agree. There IS something special about exgtended family. I'm so glad you found some extra family that makes you feel right at home. And how SUPER FUN that you got to take wedding pictures! Those are the funnest :)

  2. I know exactly how you feel. My father's side of the family is small, since my gradparents moved to MD from Louisiana and left their siblings behind. When I get together with my cousins on my mom's side, with their families full of kids who look just like their parents and grandparents, I feel so rooted, despite having no kids of my own.


Thank you for sharing your insights!