Home is the one place in all this world where hearts are sure of each other.
It is the place of confidence. It is the place where we tear off that mask of guarded and suspicious coldness which the world forces us to wear in self-defense, and where we pour out the unreserved communications of full and confiding hearts. It is the spot where expressions of tenderness gush out without any sensation of awkwardness and without any dread of ridicule.
~Frederick W. Robertson
May I always remind myself of the tender moments my family brings.
The strong hugs from my daddy; the looks of love from my mom that I recognize in my own face, with my own babies; my uncle saying "I love you"; my husband's strong hand, soft in mine; my babies - one on either side of me in a snuggle; loving notes from my sister-in-law; making my little brother laugh.
These are things that matter.
These are the things to set my mind to.
I think of how easily it is to slip into that state of awkwardness...the feeling that out of 10 of your friends, there might only be one who really cares how you are...that the economy could and will truly get worse before it gets better...that the wars and the killing never seem to end...why are there so many bad things happening in the world...incurable diseases and heartache...
It might seem like burying my head in the sand, but I have been turning inward.
I've been keeping my head down, taking a look at my immediate surroundings.
Looking only at what I have control over...seeing only those I love and those who love me.
I think of a birthday, not too long ago, when the wind was gusting...quite naughtily, it was twining between the orchard trees while we tried to light the birthday candles. My entire family stood round the cake to make a barrier, just so we could light the candles and sing our song and have them blown out by the one they were intended for. I was so full of love for all of them. It is a testament to the kind of family they are in any weather. They will stand together, shoulder to shoulder, keeping the one that needs it smack in the center...keeping out an ill-tempered wind.
Thank GOD for a family like that.