When I was a little girl, I loved this tv show from the 80's called This Old House or something like that. It was about this cute family that all lived together with the grandpa too in this Old House. A Big Happy: with granparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, the full meal deal.
As a child my family, including all extended relatives consisted of 5 people. That was all, and most other families I knew were closer in dynamic to my family than that on the screen. With nothing in real life to relate this show to, it was mostly a sweet fable I'd wish for at night while looking at the stars. "Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight... ending in Amen" It was somewhere between a prayer, and a superstitious wish, that I did religiously night after night until I was probably 12. I think I secretly thought if I was diligent enough maybe it would come true.
So, now when I look at my life filled with people: husband, children, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and friends so dear they may as well be sisters, my heart swells up so big, it leaks out my eyes. Especially on Sundays. There is something about the kindness and genuine love and friendship I feel at church that makes me embarrassingly teary-eyed all through church on Sundays. I can't believe it's all true.
Who knew, wishing on stars really worked! No, I know all good things come of the Lord, and I feel so grateful. Below, are the pictures that inspired this recall down memory lane. How lucky are my sweet children. Here's a picture of the kids having their first sleepover with their cousin Livi. They had an absolute ball, and haven't quit talking about it since!