March 3, 2011
On Monday, we arrived at the home of some of our favorite people.  Namely,that of my mother’s “little” sister, her husband, and seven sweet children.  We had a wonderful day together on Monday.  Chelsy already posted pictures of it.  The soreness experienced by many of us in the following days attested to the extremity of our physical exertion during the game of “dare base”.  It was hilarious to see our mothers playing together.  They look alike, talk alike, run alike, even yell alike!  Tuesday morning {before I was awake} Dad, Chelsy, and Mitchell drove to Atlanta, where they boarded a plane.  Chelsy already shared on her blog (that was the post “Update from Chicago”) about the delays they experienced due to weather in Chicago.  Dad, Chels, and Mitchell did finally arrive home and dug into all that needed their attention on the “homefront”.  In the meantime, the rest of us were having a wonderful time in Georgia- how could we not?  There were fifteen of us under the age of seventeen!  
This little guy………..he is soo absolutely adorable and charming!  His blue eyes, bashful looks, and sweet smiles melt my heart.  And he looks incredibly much like my big brother did at that age.  I figure we all should look a lot alike.  I mean, our mothers were asked is they were twins when they were younger, and last week, someone asked if Dad and Uncle Joe are brothers!  Thus, some of us kids look very much like each other. 
These two were nearly inseparable.  It was so sweet how Hudson never even noticed that there was no “boy his age”.  I loved watching him and Courtney play together.
And my dearest Aunt Dorcas.  This lovely lady is a loving wife, devoted mother, and incredible hostess.  {as I can well testify}  Thank you, thank you, dearest Aunt for everything you did for us- the delicious meals, the use of your beautiful home, all the laughter and joy– it was one of the best weeks of my life!  Thank you for your Godly example.  “Her {nieces and nephews} arise up and call her blessed.” (Prov. 31:28)
Corina spontaneously decided to make pina colodas one afternoon.  Whoa…….talk about y u m m y!
And a tea party for the little ladies {and gentleman}.  
It was a week of much fun, bonding, and memory making.  As our bus pulled out of the driveway, I watched dear little Courtney so bravely fight back tears.  Finally, she turned and walked into the house crying.  I was crying, too.  
Thank you Jesus, for the gift of family.  I always want to treasure this gift and realize that it is just that-a gift.  I am so blessed with dozens of cousins, and this week was a blessing, a joy, and a time of strengthening precious relationships.  
“Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.”
Psalm 103:1-2
*all photography credits on this post go to the most amazing Corina-check out her blog here!


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