Well today was a wonderful day, because our youngest daughter Lauren came home from her first semester of college. She only gets to stay for awhile but oh..................how wonderful it is to have her here and actually to have all the kids together again. For a MOTHER, it doesn't get much better than that! :)
I am so pleased to see how she has adjusted to all the new things that come with being on your own for the first time, she did very well. She looks so healthy and happy! We are going to have a hard time going to bed tonight because, no one is going to want to miss a minute with each other.
"A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it." ~ George Moore
As soon the kids got together tonight, they started swapping stories about the 4 months that they have been a part and even stories about each other in the past. This story I found in a joke book reminded me, of all of them tonight.
Hearing a scream from the playroom, the mother rushed in and found her infant son pulling the hair of his four-year-old sister. After separating them, the mother said to the daughter, " Don't be upset with your brother, honey. He didn't know he was hurting you." No sooner had the mother returned to her chores then she heard more screaming. This time she rushed in and found the baby crying. " Now what happened?" she asked.
"Nothing," said the girl, "except that now he knows." ~ Great Clean Jokes by Jennifer Hahn
I feel so blessed to have my family. Oh we have our problems and struggles, like everyone else but oh...how grateful I feel to be their mom!
"Family life is full of major and minor crises -- the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce -- and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It's difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul." ~ Thomas Moore
"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one." ~ Jane Howard
"A happy family is but an earlier heaven." ~ John Bowring