Monday, November 20, 2006

The Importance of Family

Family time is so important in today's society, yet sadly lacking. So many hurts would be helped if everyone had such a loving and supportive family as I'm blessed with, but many don't. If families really pulled together and helped each other as they used to in the olden days, wouldn't things be so much better? I know that they had their troubles back then as well, yet the importance of family seems to have been disregarded way too much these days.

I am so blessed to be a part of a family that really loves and helps each other. I've seen it go slowly from having 7 children at home, to the all-new low of 2. Just 2! But, I still love to see and spend time with my older siblings, when we all get to be together. I've learned so much from them. I've learned from their successes, as well have failures, and have turned out a better person because of it all, I hope! =) Having a big family has been so much fun, and we rarely ever don't get along. Yes, when we were younger we had our squabbles occasionally, but we've always been quite close-knit.

I don't know how I'd manage if I only had a few siblings. Well, for one thing, I wouldn't even be here, since I am the 6th of 7! I am so thankful for all the work my parents have done, and how they have blessed us by being willing to have a big family.

I can't wait until tomorrow, for family will be coming, and the house won't be so dreadfully quiet anymore. It's been quite empty recently, but pretty soon we'll have a houseful for Thanksgiving! Luke, Michele, and their four children are coming from Arkansas late tomorrow, and Lydia and Elijah will be home from college late on Wednesday. Finally I'll have more of my siblings around. Yet, one of us will still be missed, as Maria will be spending Thanksgiving with her in-laws this year. I look forward to helping out at her house soon however, after the birth of her 3rd child.

I look forward to the hustle and bustle of having a big family at home - despite the fact that there'll be little quiet. I look forward to cooking for a crowd. I actually find it so much easier to cook food for a large number of people. I keep cooking way too much for our small family of four, since I'm much more used to cooking for 6-8 at least! I look forward to playing with my niece and nephews, and getting mommy practice. I look forward to all the games we're bound to play, as us Lofgrens always enjoy playing games together. It helps release some of our competitiveness. =) I look forward to just... being together.

So, don't expect much posting from now through Saturday, although I may try to put up a thankful post on Thursday. It depends on how busy I am. I hope that all of you have a blessed Thanksgiving, with family all around.

Related posts:
You're in a big family when....
My Brother, My Friend
My Sisters!
Thank You Mother!
My Dear Daddy


Ella said...

My family has also been the ones that have shaped me into who I am. Of course, the Lord has the ultimate say, but I don't know where I'd be without my parents and brother either. You are blessed to be apart of such a large family. I am not, and must be content with a family of four for now. I look forward to reading a Thanksgiving post. (I plan on doing the same:-) Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Anna and Miriam, and everybody!! :-)

Miriam Rebekah said...

I'm part of a big family, like Anna, and I know what it's like to have fun times together and have our squabbles.

I have one sister among five brothers and at times it hasn't been easy. I haven't always been as patient or as kind as I wish I had been with them. I have learned a degree of patience from them, though. Two of my brothers have moved out and are married.
Unfortunately, the three that are left at home are the ones that are the most trying. :)

But I know that if they were gone, I would miss them all. I tell myself that I need to treasure these years I have to live in the same house with before they leave also. My sister and I haven't always gotten along, but we make up. (we have to because we share a bedroom and bed, so there's no telling what might happen if peace hasn't been made). ::smile::
Altogether, I'm thankful for my family and what they've taught me.

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

Siblings are great (squabbles and all). I do not have a large family, but I am very grateful for the two siblings I was blessed with. Have a great time over Thanksgiving! I am probably going to post a "Thankful Post" too.

Maria Pauline said...

I like having an older sister, because I get an idea what's coming. Now that I've started 9th grade and highschool at home, I started with a really good idea of how everything works. Marta does everything first, and I can learn from her path. I like it! I'm thankful for being the youngest.