Sunday, June 5, 2016

Week 24 - Families

You know, when it comes right down to it, the only important thing in life is Family.  It's not important how much money you have, or how high an education you attained, or how many boats or houses or cars you own.  It's all about family.  And not just those who are related by blood.  It's about relationships - finding, fostering, and treasuring relationships.  And that starts with family.  John spent last Monday afternoon with his 4 sisters who had gathered for a rare visit.  With the exception of one brother who couldn't make it, the Knotwell Siblings got to have a nice afternoon catching up.  Here they are, John - Mary- Theresa- Kay- Susan.  Susan lives in Montana so we don't get to see her often.  I was invited but my back was in spasm and I was not feeling up to the festivities. 

Our only child lives so very far away.  Utah is a 20 hour drive away so we don't see him or his amazing wife and children very often. Thank goodness for email, texting, Facebook, and Instagram - without those, we'd feel really cut off from their lives.  Here are two recent photos that just made us giggle.  Last night, John took his family to the rodeo in Spanish Fork.  Evidently he is growing a beard...can't say I'm a fan of facial hair but it's a change.   And those smiles from Jill and the children are precious!

I've said it before and I will say it again...Jill is the BEST daughter-in-law in the entire world.  I couldn't have chosen a more amazing wife for my son.  She is perfect for him.  And we cherish her as a daughter of the house as though she were blood-born.  That smile of hers can light up a room...her laugh is contagious.  I rarely see Jill without a cheery smile...and she's always up for some fun.  When I think that she is the mother of 5 children - ranging in ages from 16 to almost 4 - I'm amazed at how she does it...she makes it look easy.  And I know it can't be easy to be married to a high-powered executive, a member of the State Legislature, and have 5 children going in 100 different directions and still have time for herself.  I can only say that next to my own mother, Jill is my hero!  Truly!!!

Gushing aside, we are truly thankful for our families.  There is always more we can do to stay in touch with those far and away.  Those of you who are reading this, know that you are all a part of our family, whether blood-born or not, and we love you and treasure you.

Thanks for stopping by.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Lovely to have a family catch-up! I know what you mean about family living far away......our older son lives two days drive south of here, while our younger boy lives on the far side of the known universe in eastern Canada. Six years ago we moved six hours north of the Big Smoke, then less than a year later our older boy moved three hours south from there - but at least we're on the same continent.