I've been trying to take pictures this month to use to illustrate December, but I remembered this picture taken three years ago and it was my choice for today's theme of family. It is one of my all-time favorite photos.
I am here with my first cousin once removed, Alyssa. Her mother is my first cousin. Alyssa is now sixteen and a very grown up and mature sixteen year old. I received the card tonight that included a photo of Alyssa and her siblings and I am awed at how adult they all look.
I am so grateful for the blessing of family. Family to laugh with, celebrate with -- as we are doing here -- and to cry with at the sad times in our life. Wishing all the blessing of family, at this season and all through the year.