Gifts from God

All of our children, daughter-in-laws and son-in-law, and grandchildren gathered for a family reunion earlier this month. There is nothing in this world that I enjoy quite as much as associating with these amazing individuals. Each new member adds something to our family that makes it feel more and more complete, filling a void that only they can fill.  One of the great blessings of being a parent is being intimately acquainted with and being taught by these individuals. I continue to enjoy this with my children and now I am experiencing this with my grandchildren. Little Lilian and Eveyln delighted all of us with their energy and excitement throughout our reunion, entertaining us with performances of ballet and tumbling, games of chase and walks to the park and their squeals of delight which still echo in our house. It is amazing what a two and three year old can come up with, the joy they bring and the insights that are gained because of them. My daughter-in-law, Meredith, recounted a conversation she had with Lilian regarding an item I had.  A few days prior to their arrival I had been given a gift basket from a special friend which included a paperweight that had the word peace on it. Lilian asked her mom what this said and when Meredith told her that it said “peace,” Lilian responded with, “then it must be a gift from Heavenly Father.” Yes, peace is a gift from God and so are children and grandchildren.

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