Family is truly a gift. We don’t always see them that way. They can really get on the nerves, man. But when things get real, we need each other. Nobody is perfect or has it together, but at least we can love each other (mostly! :)) Oh, and we can do some serious laughing together too. I’m the youngest of six children, and I always enjoy laughing with my siblings. We had a good time visiting my extended family this weekend, and now we are on the official last week of summer. I offer my thanks to God today for these gifts of grace:

606. Cheese Board: My sister and her husband took us out to a lovely dinner, and I have to tell you that the meal was great but the Cheese Board we had before dinner warrants a little blogging. There was a Muenster cheese, a soft tart cheese, a bleu cheese, a flan, flavorful cooked pears, dates, almonds laid out nicely on a board with crackers in a basket beside. I loved it. I ate some of everything. I liked it all. I was surprised because I’m not really a date person. You know the fruit…not the event. I even liked the dates! I couldn’t decide what I like the most. I’m still thinking about it. I actually wish I had a cheese board every night, but it’s probably better that I don’t.

607. Family

608. Brothers…my three brothers lined up their heads so we could take a picture of their bald spots. If you’ve ever wondered, it’s always better to laugh!

609. Old friends

610. Photos

611. Sisters…I liked watching my two sisters watching me get my eyebrows waxed. They have always been my other two mothers and style-guides. I can’t tell you how many times I have asked for their advice. I also can’t tell you how many times I haven’t asked and they have given it freely and forcefully. I turned to get their opinion on whether or not I needed more brow waxed and they both said, “YES!” We all three have such different personalities. I love them and appreciate who they are and how they helped to shape me.

612. Another writing project finished! And another writing possibility!

613. The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology

614. Ironing pile diminishing

Join me in giving thanks!


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