Sunday, July 27, 2008

Little Rascals



"...he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed." Proverbs 11:25

I am a very fortunate girl. I grew up with one great brother and with two great cousins. My cousins flank me in age, Kim, the elder is 23 months older and Lisa, is 11 months younger. My poor brother, older than us all was seriously outnumbered. He would have liked hanging out with us a lot, had he had a thing for Barbies, Donny & Marie and sleepovers, but alas, he was all boy and enjoyed muscle cars and boating.

I think, as we have aged, the relationship I have with my cousins has matured right along with us. We were in each others' weddings, planned baby showers and watched as each precious child entered our lives. We have discussed parenting as only family can, and have had plenty of heart-to-hearts about marriage, Jesus and the state of the world. We have prayed with one another, for one another and for friends and family we love.

We share memories. Every holiday. Every birthday. Priceless little gems we shared. Our mothers took turns making exceptional meals, hosting event upon event. We were blessed to live close and to share each others' lives. Now that we are grown and have children of our own, those gatherings are fewer, more space in between. It does not make a difference. We pick up right where we left off and now, our children enjoy the company of each other. We have never had a fight, not one. We can disagree, we can offer our viewpoints, we respect each other as women, mothers, friends. When I can dig up some pictures of us, little rascals that we were, I will post them. Until then, our little rascals will have to do.

13 comments:

missy said...

Beautiful little rascals you all have. This is such a sweet post, as I can relate. Isn't it great having people that share your past in your life? I look forward to seeing you rascals when you post the pics.

Kate said...

It's nice your family remains so close...and that it is carrying over to the next generation.

The picture of the current "Little Rascals" is fabulous...captures so much spunk! Love it!

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

I remember you telling me about your cousins the first time we spoke! I am so glad you have them.

Did your camera begin working again??? Hope so...

Love,
Lisa

ADELE said...

OH how blessed you are to have cousins that you are so close with. I can't wait to see the pics of you all.
The pics of all of the kids together is just priceless. How neat that they will have a close relationship as well.

Michelle said...

It is so nice that you have such a close relationship to your cousins. My cousins were all 20 years older than me, so I have never had that. What a blessing for you!

Joy in The Truth (Sharon Sloan) said...

All of those Little Rascals are adorable! What wonderful memories and relationships you are building for them! :) Yes...please post pix of you and your cousins growing up!

Love you, friend.
Sharon
PS -- Shhhh....I still have my Donny & Marie microphone! I'm a little bit country, I'm a little bit rock and roll!

Rachel said...

What a fantastic picture and sweet post too!

redmaryjanes said...

Family is precious.

sara said...

Cute Rascals!! or is it a "Motley Crew"? Lucky to have each other either way!!!

(Thanks for your sweet words of encouragement!)

mommy24treasures said...

what a touching post. That is so wonderful you have such a close relationship...

The Byrd Family said...

I have memories such as your also! We LOVED Donny and Marie and The Partridge Family!!!! lol

Amy said...

I love the pictures. your girls seem to be growing more already!

Denise C said...

OK...I love this post! Your family reminds me of mine!!! I'll be watching for the origianl LIttle Rascals....These LIttle Rascal Jr.'s are adorable!!!
What sweet blessings! Family is Forever...!
Love you bunches!

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