A couple weeks ago I had the chance to meet my friends down at the beach and meet their sweet new baby boy. The weather was perfect and the water was more crystal clear than I had ever seen it in the Gulf -perfect conditions for little Maddox's first photo shoot. The best part about the weekend though wasn't the sunshine or the sea.... it was the time I got to spend with family. You see, I have been overwhelmingly blessed with an amazing family. One of the best things about what "family" means to me has nothing to do with flesh and blood.
Family, in my opinion, is about love. It is about doing life with other people that you know are in your corner no matter what. The people you can be real with, laugh with, cry with, invite yourself over for dinner without an invitation, those people in your life that even though you dont see them daily - when you do your heart lights up and the world gives you a break for a little bit. I learned this definition of family through my own experience. I have seen those that I love give their heart and soul away not just to me but to others. When life brings joy or pain for any of us we all feel it, we all carry it, we all walk through it together.... and at the end of the day isn't that the way the Lord intended for this world to work? I have to believe that these moments must be glimpses of what life in Heaven will be like.
The night we did this photo shoot we were all sitting around the dinner table. Kiley's dad and sisters and their husbands.... and me (the odd man out if you will). We blessed the food and after saying "amen" I added "and thanks for good friends and good family"... No sooner had I said that Kiley's Dad chimes in and said "Hey Sarah, I only see family at this table tonight."
Thats when it hit me. He was right... we are family because we do life together. Real life... the kind of life that includes heartache and joy all in the same year. Ends of chapters and precious new ones. That's the good stuff. Its amazing to me that we can travel the world and go on grand adventures but sometimes we find the BEST moments in life right there at the dinner table without even expecting it.