Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Family





"Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers." Proverbs 17:6

Family.

Can you envision a more challenging word? What a responsibility it is to be a role model for those whom God has placed in our care.




Heritage:




My grandparents and my husband's were farmers who worked the soil to provide food for their families. My grandmother married a widower at the age of 16 and instantly became the mother of 2 children. She then had 10 of her own.


Parents
My mother and father struggled through the Great Depression and came out on top, later to lose everything. But they kept on going and loved us dearly. My father lost both his legs in two separate train accidents, and I never heard him complain. I was probably 10 years old before I realized he was handicapped!

Family Life
We live in a multi-generational home. Our son-in-law and daughter and their 4 little girls live in the same house with us. We love it! Can you imagine having 4 beautiful girls climb the stairs every evening to hug and kiss you and tell you goodnight and that they love you? Well, we experience that blessing every night. I grew up in a multi-generational family, and my mother lived with my husband and me for 5 years before her death. No regrets. None.

Our Future Generation
Besides my relationship with my Lord Jesus Christ, I can tell you assuredly that my relationship with my family is the greatest blessing in my life. I walk in the footsteps of those who came before me. I am who I am because of God and others whom He placed in my life. And I have a baton to pass as I run the race. My prayer is that the footsteps that our grandchildren follow will be clear, filled with light, and on the straight and narrow path that leads to life everlasting.

Hope
Winston Churchill once said, "Never, Never, Never Give Up!" In whatever state your family is, I encourage you to keep placing your feet on a firm foundation, one step at a time. Make those footprints clear. There is always hope.

Hurray for family!
And hurray for you as you work and give yourself to those you love. It's worth all the effort it takes. Blessings and joy to each of you.

I'm linking to:
Reluctant Entertainer
Always Nesting

12 comments:

Always Nesting

Oh, this is just a beautiful post!! Thank you so much for linking it to Woo Hoo! Wednesday as a wonderful reminder to all of us to not take our families for granted. I love your giving spirit.

Linda Stubbs

Thank you sweet Gloria! I so enjoyed myself. God has been answering prayers in a huge way. I am amazed and yet not surprised. It has been a precious two days. God is truly still there even after you have raised your kids. It keeps us so close to Him does it not? Thank you for taking the time to seek me out this morning and having me come to your place of refuge (your blog)

Love you so much sweet friend, Linda

Sandy

Beautiful. Family is so important and it's wonderful to share our heritage. Thanks for linking up at RE today!

Lisa

Oh, I love it. So encouraging. I especially like the idea of living in a multi generational home. My in-laws live next door and it is truly a HUGE blessing and comfort!

Betsy

I have an old family marriage certificate in a shabby white frame almost identical to yours! Ah, great minds think alike. I don't have it posted, but the similarity is uncanny! Beautiful!

The Thrifty Designer

Not only are you blessed to have those little ones live with you, they are blessed to have you live with them. There is much wisdom to be had in a household like that!

MelaKamin

How wonderful - history & heritage! You are blessed.

Dayle Allen Shockley

As others said before me, you have a beautiful history and heritage to pass down.

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Gloria,

This is my first visit to your sweet blog via the Cottage Charm giveaway but it will not be my last. I think the real charm is discovering new blogs to read!
I could not agree with you more about the joy of family. You are blessed!
I actually did a post recently I think you will enjoy:

http://fairfieldhousenj.com/2010/05/12/domestic-goddess/

Thank you for entering my giveaway. Good luck!

Deborah

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You have e-mail.

- Deborah

Donna

I so wholeheartedly agree with you!!! Family ~ those who came before us ~ those who walk with us ~ and those who come after us ~ is why we are here!!

I have so enjoyed visiting your blog and wanted to thank you for joining mine. I have just become your newest follower and I look forward to visiting with you!!

B Lines

Genealogy and family have always been special to me. After living with my parents while we were building our first home, we realized we were not meant to live together, but my father would have been tickled to have all his children, their spouses and their kids living in the same house with him.
I don't know if my daughter and I could get along well enough to live together, but I would like to think so.

I love your "family" displays. They are so beautiful. Great post.

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