This past weekend, Kristi and I had the privilege of spending the weekend with my brother Tyler and my mom’s side of the family. For the last however many years we have gathered in Chicago for an early Christmas. This tradition has provided for an annual time of kicking back, talking about life and making fun of each other.
Kristi and I thank God for our families and the gift of grace that the institution of family is. We belong to our family in a way that we belong to no one else. We are loved by them in a way that we are loved by no one else. We have a shared history and a shared bloodline. We are not islands unto ourselves, but part of a larger network of people. More than an organization, a company or a group of friends, family is in a category of meaning all by itself. We were made to enjoy these sacred relationships. And so, we thank God for our family and for the weekend that we shared with this precious segment! Here are some shots from the weekend…
This year, in honor of Uncle Marty and Aunt Diana, we dressed up the room in Hershey’s garb. It was our small way of honoring this couple by thanking them for their generosity. God has wired them in such a way as to reflect, in finite measure, the generosity that is God’s from all eternity! Uncle Marty and Aunt Diana have generously helped their nieces and nephews through school. They have been sliding us all date money for years now! Well, Aunt Diana has a thing for Hershey’s and so we wrapped our evening in chocolate! Chocolate centerpieces, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate themed gifts.
In addition, Kristi and I had the chance to see Drew and Christina, my brother and his new bride, for the first time since their marriage in August. They have a wonderful church and a beautiful home. I have great confidence in God’s work of grace in their lives to persevere them in faithfulness to himself, to one another and to his church. Way to go painting those walls Drew! The whole place looks great!
Comments: For those of you who were there, feel free to leave comments including memories from the weekend, commentary on the photos, or whatever.