Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Family Blessings

My family: From oldest to youngest (left to right): Les, Me, Parents, Jake and Marie, Keith and Sharon
Three months felt, initially, like a long time to be back in Canada. It felt like I would have lots of time to enjoy my family, but time has flown by faster than I had thought possible.  But, within these three months, we got to celebrate my Dad turning 75.  We Friesen's are a wild and crazy bunch, individually and together, so look out! It was a great day that began with a great meal and followed by a wonderful day outside playing lawn games.  It has been a highlight of our time here.

We also experienced a rare occurrence this summer in that Ernie's family got together.  Not that they don't get together but to have all the siblings together at the same time is very rare.  We calculated that the last time this happened was in 1997 (19 years ago!).  We all got together to celebrate the twins' birthday, Ernie and Erna.  We enjoyed a rainy day together, just hanging out together with ping pong and pool for those who wished.  
Right to left- oldest to youngest: Shirley, Erna, Ernie, Ron and Garry with Mom and Dad in front

The greater joy for Ernie was blessing his parents with this gathering, nothing like being surrounded by family. Although not nearly everybody was there, all their children were and that was precious!

Three months of connecting and reconnecting with family and friends has been wonderful.  That said, there is NEVER enough time with our children.  I am so grateful for every moment spent with them.  So, in a week from today we will be "HOME" in Guadalajara.  Yes, I can confidently say that GDL is home.  That is where I live.  But home is really a concept rather than a place.  I leave a piece of myself here with my family, with my kids with my friends. But I live somewhere else.  

So, for those I got to see, thanks for asking about our lives, thanks for your time.  For those who we made the mistake of saying let's get together but not nailing down a time, sorry.  There are only so many hours in a day, days in a week, weeks in a month... .... 

I take with me many good memories from our time here, long bike rides, a day on the lake, long walks, Ernie trucking, Bible study with the boys and their friends, church services, wiener roasts, pie irons, sun and rain, and so much more. 

My take away from this time: Live Life, Invest in People, Love even if it hurts, People Matter. Life is about living, for it is a gift from above.... ....

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