"In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy." Brother David Steindl-Rast

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Pleasant Gathering

Today I am grateful for time with family and comfortable and cool weather.

Yesterday we helped host a baby shower for our daughter-in-law Alyssa. My stepdaughter Emily planned the event and there was a nice turnout of people. With blended families and in-laws, a mix of people is created that only comes together occasionally. It is nice to have a celebratory time to bring us together.

A special thank you to all those who traveled from out of state to join us. There was good food, entertaining games, lots of fun baby presents to see, and the opportunity for a group picture.

Arthur and Alyssa are expecting their first child, a boy, in late August. It is an exciting time for new parents and the people around them. We hope the pregnancy continues to go well and pray especially for a safe labor and delivery.

I am also thinking about three nieces on my side of the family. One just had their third child. Another, along with her husband, is due very soon with her second child and their first together. A third niece and her husband are expecting their first child in a few weeks.

With the heaviness of recent months and some difficult and devastating happenings in the lives of people I care about, it is uplifting to have a pleasant gathering like the one we had yesterday and new lives to welcome.

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