My immediate family gathered together on Friday, the first time all of us were together since my father died two years ago. The family has grown by one since then.
L-R: me, Joseph, Anna, Luke, Beth, Robert (all Beth’s family); Karen, Kristen (holding her son Leo), Jimmy (married to Kristen), Debby (Karen’s partner), Blayne, Sarah (married to Blayne, and holding Lily). Leo is one year old; Lily, two and a half. Kristen and Blayne are Karen’s children.
Photos from Friday:
This Nativity set is the one that was in our house when I was a child. Karen hosts the gathering now —
I made a quick dash this week to Lee’s Summit, more of which later. But I had to share these photos of me with Luke (18) and Joe (13), Beth’s two boys.
At my sister’s home in Lee’s Summit five years ago, with my father —
In my father’s belongings was this Olan Mills photo from my senior year of college at Southwest Baptist University:
I look very much the conservative, which I was at the time.
And with my widow’s peaks growing more prominent, I was parting my hair closer and closer to the crown.
September 1983. I was fresh out of college, and working in a Baptist church in a small town in south-central Missouri.
This was a thousand lifetimes ago.