These are my grandparents. They are the head of a large clan- the Graingers. When we get together, it is fun and loud and incredibly encouraging. As my family likes to say,”The Graingers have no going home sense.” We stay until we just can’t stay any more. Extended family can be such an incredible blessing. I knew how we would spend holidays and birthdays and Sundays and I looked forward to it (I still do). It provided stability, consistency, and encouragement- a sense of belonging- in what can be very challenging pre-teen and teenage years. I think our society has undervalued extended family and in the process has lost a great blessing by not fostering those relationships. I pray that my children will feel as connected to our family as I did to mine. Thanks babe and popo for the example! For those of you who do not live in town with your extended family, any ideas on how to keep up the sense of connectedness with out of towners?
a legacy… September 23, 2007