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Our family recently gathered in the mountains of Alabama (yes, there are mountains there) to celebrate my 80th birthday. I feel so blessed! So full of satisfaction! When I got home I did a lot of reflecting and wrote a poem called “Memory Lane” to share with all of the family. It reviews both old and new memories.

Because of modern technology and a son who knows about such stuff, we were able to enjoy loving comments from all of our grandchildren, even the ones who couldn’t attend the celebration. Now that’s a treasure beyond description.

When our family is together, I enjoy just sitting on the edge of things and listening to the chatter and laughter. I’m so thankful that our children, grandchildren, and siblings get along so well. Their noise is music to my ears.

Now we have pictures to enjoy to help us remember the joy. I’ll try to get some loaded on the gallery section of my website. Of course, I need help with the technical aspect of all that. But I’ll let you know when it’s ready for you to see.

One of the most thrilling moments of the days together was when our whole family joined to sing an a capella version of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” The voices and harmonies and lyrics filled my soul to overflowing.

I know that some of you don’t have the family legacy that I do. I’m sorry for that. But I hope you have something and someone to bring joy to your heart. If we don’t have old memories to enjoy, we can build new ones. Old or new, good memories are a blessing from God.

What can you do to build some new memories? Are there old pictures to sort through that will bring you smiles? Your family may be based on physical birth and marriage. But it can also be a spiritual connection. We are meant to live in community with spiritual brothers and sisters, or parents and children in the Lord. How are you building memories today that will last a lifetime? Maybe even into eternity?


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