Saturday, June 02, 2012

We Are Family

Go ahead and sing the next line.  You know you want to.    :)

I have a small family.  When I was a child we could all sit around one table for holiday dinners.  Slowly we grew, as my cousins had children, but we are still a small,  close-knit family. 

 Twice in the last month I have had the pleasure of visiting with family.  We don't all live locally, so this is a treat when everyone is in one place. 

On Mother's Day we met at my cousin's house for a lovely brunch.  Then again last Sunday we met at my aunt's small apartment.  It isn't that often that I get to see all of my cousins so frequently.  We always have a good time together.

When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.  ~Joyce Brothers

You don't choose your family.  They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.  ~Desmond Tutu

To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.  ~Barbara Bush

What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life - to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.                                                 ~George Eliot

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.             
                                                                               ~Anthony Brandt

My aunt lost her battle with Cancer this week.  She was brave, courageous, strong and faithful.  She was my only Aunt and I will miss her dearly.

Please keep my cousins in your prayers, as they are now without either of their parents.

 Please keep my Dad in your prayers, as he has lost his big sister and his only sibling(I cannot imagine).

On Friday we will gather again to celebrate her life. 

I will be forever grateful that we were able to gather together one last time  to make these wonderful memories.

Goodbye Tante.  You will be missed.

Having a place to go - is a home.  Having someone to love - is a family.  Having both - is a blessing.  ~Donna Hedges


dawn said...

Sending your family sympathies at this sad time.

Family is such a blessing.

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

oh Michelle I am sorry you lost your dear aunt. So sorry.


Brendakit said...

I'm so sorry about your dear aunt. Hold tight to those remaining family members. I am so blessed to be one of 54 first cousins! I come from two huge families. Grew up with cousins, aunts, uncles, great aunts and uncles, grandparents everywhere. The older I get the more I realize how fortunate I have been to have all these relatives in my life!

mam said...

Sweet post. I'm really sorry for your loss, Michelle.

Jenna said...

I think and pray for you guys daily as well. I am also always reading your blog even though I don't comment much on it. I do hope and pray so deeply that things turn around for you guys. My heart breaks for you, you deserve to be a mother so much, and you will be such an amazing one.

It is amazing you are working out more and losing weight, I wish I would join you in that but lately I just seem to be too bummed out.