So much is communicated in this one, powerful gesture. Joy. Relationship. Caring.
I remember numerous times in my childhood when Mom would make eye contact with me and smile. Often we would gather around the baby of the family and laugh, grin, and do all within our power to coax a smile from that tiny face.
It's the warmth of sunshine bursting from one heart to another.
As I look over the dozens of photos captured during our reunion weekend together, I'm struck by the visible sign of this connection. Family relationships are so precious. Our family has such a diverse range of personalities and interests. As the younger ones grow and develop -- and new members have joined our family -- this beautiful chord of relationships has only deepened and become more rich & meaningful. We treasure our time together!
And so we look back at these photos and yes, they make us smile.
Smiles of gratitude & thanksgiving for the Giver of all good gifts.
After all -- He created every smile.
Kori & Charissa
Abi & Asher
Arianna & Andrew
Charissa & Grandpa
Grandma & Kori
Elizabeth & Arianna
Nathanael & Alan
Caden, Nathanael, & Arianna
Charissa, Hannah, Susanna, & Arianna
Joanna & Charissa
Ruth, Alaythia, Bethany, Charissa, Hannah, Kori, Elizabeth, & Susanna
(missing Rachel & Abi as they had to leave a day early)
"A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance."