Monday, October 6, 2008

A Simple Family Feast

"Making a home that is a joy,comfort, and encouragement is one of the most important things anyone can do. The home is the basic building block of society. Home also shapes the individuals who comprise it..."
For the Family's Sake
Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
My cup was running over as I sat around my dinner table tonight with my husband and our four children. Such simple things can make one's heart light. My older son, who will be 26 on October 26, isn't part of our regular mealtimes anymore. When he does make an unexpected stop and stays for supper we have such a marvelously warm time. All mothers know this uncontested truth, every single child is unique. They each add to the dynamics of the family and when one is absent there's a certain haunting emptiness. Yes, you adjust and become accustomed to the change, yet it never is the same, and never will be for that matter.

But tonight we were all together...eating and talking and laughing...My family.
I want to believe it was chiefly for our company that he stayed, but it might have been the spaghetti with homemade basil pesto swimming throughout the tomato sauce.

And after dinner, Charlotte danced for us.

november as it looks now

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