So when two of our four children traveled across the country with their families to join my husband and me and the other two of our children who live in our town so we could be all together in one place for Thanksgiving, I was filled to the brim with "happiness"!
And a line from my singer-songwriter daughter Brittany Jean's song, "Satellites," came to mind:
"There were only six of us then.... how we've grown!"
We began to "grow" in 2004 when our eldest got married... and then had their first child in 2008...
then her two brothers followed that marriage path several years later...
then... more children came along, whom I like to refer to as our "grand-loves," so that now our family members' magic number is fifteen!
Next year, in the year 2017, we shall grow by three more as each of our married children will welcome babies, and Lord willing, our tribe will reach the eighteen mark!
I am so grateful to the Lord for each one of these people! What a blessing they are!
"Bless the Lord, O my soul!"
How do you spell happiness?