This is my family – not a recent photo – but it remains the same today as it was two years ago when this picture was taken.  We were celebrating Christmas and all of us were together for the first time in quite a while.

Yesterday, we had another family day of celebration, but our South Carolina family was not here to join us.  Their family is sort of spread out too right now, with husband/dad, Brian working in Orlando – wife/mother Amy living at the family home in S. Carolina, eldest son, Jordan teaching English in S. Korea and youngest son, Josh, attending Clemson University.  The rest of us were celebrating Paul’s birthday from earlier this month and the engagement of our only son and his future wife.

More than any physical celebration, we were celebrating family.  Family is defined as a group of people related either by birth, by marriage or other relationship. We can’t choose our immediate family – we have to accept each other with all our flaws and abilities and still love each other in spite of that.  As our immediate family grows we move out of the nest and sometimes far away from each other, but when the family is solid, we come together after long periods of time and it’s as if we never were apart.

Family is so much more than a group of people that cohabitate.  It is a bond that stretches through the ages.  As we look back at our heritage we can see a clear pattern of patience, love, persistence, hard work, having each other’s back, working towards the same goals.  When we go way back in our ancestry to our original parents, Adam and Eve, we can see the progression of problems that occurred once paradise was lost.  Still family seems to survive the test of time in spite of the darkness of sin.

As I look at my family, I am proud of their accomplishments.  I think back to their growing up years and what they’ve become and I can’t believe that I actually had a part in that.  They may be nearby or far away, but I’m confident that each of them has been prepared for raising their own families and sharing their lives with them.  They’ve been wise in their choices for those they’ve given their hearts too and we are indeed blessed by our extended family as well.

“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.”
— Alex Haley





As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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16 Responses to FAMILY FIX

  1. What a beautiful family! So sweet and inviting. Makes me just want to join you guys for the festivities!

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  2. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Yep they’re family! Every woman in that picture looks just like you lol!

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  3. Kathy, we have our oldest daughter and her husband, plus three of our grandchildren and two great-grandchildren in Australia. Our other daughter and one of our grandsons live in Florida. One of our grandsons lives in Tacoma and the other is stationed in Aviano, Italy. Fortunately, our son and daughter-in-law live within 15 miles of us. We have found that Skype and Whatsapp are the only means for keeping in touch regularly with our family. Getting a family photo of all like you have posted would require one of us to win the Mega-millions lottery (which will never happen because we don’t play it). Fortunately, we will connect personally with most of our family when we go to Australia this spring and Florida later this year, the Lord willing.

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  4. a wonderful clan… 🙂

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  5. Kathy, thank you for sharing your family, knowing one of them is at Clemson. What class? Our only grandson is a freshman there, third generation ~ his grandfather from S.C. and his mother, married to our son, met and living in the Atlanta area. Blessings. 🙂

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    • says:

      Our grandson is a Sophomore this year in the package design area of study. He really enjoys being there. We’re very proud of him too.
      We got to see the campus last year when we went to S.Carolina for our eldest grandson’s graduation from Greenville Christian College. Very impressive.

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  6. Enjoy your family time! Getting together is a family is always (usually? 😉) a good time!

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