Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Family

"A family-- for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health! Dirty diapers, chicken pox, measles, mumps, broken dishes, scratched furniture, balls thrown through the windows, fights, croup in the night, arguments, misunderstandings, inconsistencies, lack of logic, unreasonableness, anger, fever, flu, depressions, carelessness, toothpaste tops left off, dishes in the sink, windows open too far, windows closed tight, too many covers, too few covers, always late, always too early, frustration, economies, extravagance, discouragement, fatigue, exhaustion, noise, disappointment, weeping, fears, sorrows, darkness, fog, chaos, clamorings--families!

A family-- for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health! Softness, hugs, children on your lap, someone to come home to, someone to bring news to, a telephone that might ring, a letter in the post, someone at the airport or station, excitement in meeting, coming home from the hospital with a new person to add, someone to understand intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, happy shrieks of greeting in which you are involved, beloved old people, welcomed babies, increasing togetherness, blending ideas of interior decoration, blending musical taste, growing interests, fun, satisfaction, enjoyment, clean washing, ironed clothing, tulips up, flowers arranged, rugs vacuumed, beauty, dogs, cats, candlelight, firelight, sunlight, moonlight, fields with someone to walk with, woods with someone to picnic, sharing food, imaginative cooking, exchanging ideas, stimulating each other--

A family is a mobile strung together with invisible threads-- delicate, easily broken at first, growing stronger throughout the years, in danger of being worn thin at times, but strengthened again with special care. A family--blended, balanced, growing, changing, never static, moving with a breath of wind--babies, children, young people, mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles--held in a balanced framework by the invisible threads of love, memories, trust, loyalty, compassion, kindness, to honor preferring each other, depending on each other, looking to each other for help, giving each other help, picking each other up, suffering long with each other's faults, understanding each other more and more, hoping all things, enduring all things, never failing! Continuity! Thin, invisible threads turning into thin invisible metal which holds great weights but gives freedom of movement--a family! Knowing always that if a thread wears thin and sags, there is help to be had from the Expert--the Father--Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named."

~ taken from What is a Family?
by Edith Shaeffer


  1. your family is beautiful

  2. What a beautiful family! Your kids have all grown up so much since we were there.