Friday, January 21, 2011

In Parting

In 2001, there were six of us.

Dad. Mom. Me.  My brother. Two sisters. 

My youngest sister was born in the spring of 2001 so when we started the year, there were only five of us.  You could count us on one hand.

 But then she was born and I got married four months later... and my brother got married a few years after that...

...and we all started having babies...

And now it's 2011 and there are sixteen of us--ten people in ten years!

The miles separate us and until this week we hadn't all been in the same room in almost two years , but the reunion was sweet.  Cousins played and aunts doted and grandparents kissed babies and we all drank it in because we don't know when we will be together again. 

If we never meet again this side of heaven
As we struggle through this world and its strife
There's another meeting place somewhere in heaven
By the beautiful river of life

Where the charming roses bloom forever
And separations come no more
If we never meet again this side of heaven
I will meet you on that beautiful shore

"If We Never Meet Again"  by Albert E. Brumley


  1. Precious post! And I can relate since my oldest and his family live 10 hrs away! We see them every other year, it seems, and the reunions are precious and the memories are treasured!

  2. When I saw that photo on your mom's blog I had to count the people over and over to see how many were "new additions" to the "original" family.
    Two more and the family's tripled :) Twins anyone???

  3. ...which is why we're moving home (did I tell you?!)


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