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November 30, 2009

SWEETTALK

<h3>There is so much to be thankful for</h3>

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sin praises unto thy name, O most high.” – (Psalm 92:1 KJV)



There are two “really big” family get-together days in our family – Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. These are made precious, first because of their innate meaning and secondly, for their bringing our family together more closely when our hearts are softened by their intent.

It used to be that we brought all the kids and their families together at our house for both of these celebrations. Since our home is too small now to hold all of that, we have farmed them out to the kids’ homes. As we do this, we don’t usually all meet together on one particular day.

For instance, one of the older granddaughters invited all of her siblings and their children to her home this year. We were invited, too, but we had previously been asked, and had accepted, our middle daughter’s invitation to meet with her and her son’s family. In a way it is sad that we are splitting up like this, but the volume of the offspring dictates that we must begin doing this more and more.

Colon and I sat down recently and began to count the members of our family, including the children, grandchildren, all their mates and their children and grandchildren, which includes one great-great-granddaughter (appropriately) named Hope.

We were astounded that from the beginning of two ignorant young people, in 1945, to the present date, we have become 41, if we count Elaine’s fiancé, and we must because he joined us for the day of thanksgiving including eating, getting acquainted and becoming a member of the “young ‘uns” of whatever age.

Included in this number are three young men who are the brothers of a granddaughter-in-law, who were dropped at the home of her and our grandson while they were newlyweds in their late teens. Those two “kids” reared and educated them to become nearly grown, functioning young adults whom we are pleased to include in our family.

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