Monday, February 29, 2016

SANDWICHED

I made a flying trip to Ruston this weekend with #1 Daughter and the two littles.  We went with the specific purpose of seeing her grandmother and the woman whom I have loved dearly for well over 40 years.  Something told me Lulu would need to assist with the one and three year old, so I threw together a bag and off we went.    And more last minute decisions, the two brothers decided to meet us ----SO---a RARE and delightful treat---all three of my best accomplishments together---be it ever so brief!


Somehow we got pictures made at our first stop with the Conville Clan, but never got pictures with the James Gang later that day.



As I sat sandwiched between my two brothers and visited, it was a beautiful moment of reflection of how important all these people are and have been over the years. We have spent a lifetime creating this family sandwich.     Say what you want, but for our families to love us when they know us better than anyone else, is a gift of grace beyond measure.  They have seen us at our very worst---physically, emotionally, and spiritually---and still love us.  They love us in spite of it all.

To have my brothers tell me they miss me and ask when am I coming home, left me longing for the daily presence of dear extended family in my life.  The love of our family--with nothing expected in return--is a bond beyond description.

This is a perfect reflection of God's love for us---His desire to be in a living relationship with us.  His great love sandwiched around us---in spite of how undeserving we are.  God knows it all--has seen it all--heard even our deepest thoughts---and yet He loves us!  A beautiful picture of grace!

To know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:19


10 comments:

  1. Beautiful...thank you for the smiles, dear friend. I wish I had family like that...my family firmly believes "out of sight out of mind". sigh, sad to say.

    Have a lovely and beautiful day, Lulu....smiles

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    1. There are times we have to make famiky from what Gid has blessed us with- I consider my friends a great extension of famiky as well.
      Bkessings On You, Sweet Friend!

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  2. What a wonderful reunion. God bless you Lulu and your whole family too. Best and sincere wishes to you and yours.

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    1. Thank you, Victor! I would love to freeze the moment!
      God Bless You , Friend!

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  3. Great post, Loralu...we were on the same wavelength this weekend!

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  4. Those family pictures are true treasures. When all is said and done, those are the possessions that we hang onto with greatest joy.

    Thanks for sharing the gang with us!

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    1. Amen, Linda! I've thrown away & given away a ton of stuff- but never the pictures- they are more precious than diamonds!
      Blessings, Friend!

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  5. What a wonderful memory. I'll bet you miss them very much. My 'family' was dysfunctional from day one. Most have moved on to parts unknown, the rest are dead, I guess. Thank you for sharing your family with us. Luv ~:)

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    1. I know I am blessed, Sparky. As my sweet therapist friend tells me, "All families are a mess at best!" Guess that pretty much describes the human condition!
      Blessings, Friend!

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