~~~~*~~~~Earlier that morning, Ainsley, my 6 year old granddaughter, and I had a chat. She jumped on the sofa and said "Grandma, I'm so excited!"
GM: What are you excited about?
AK: Aunt Mimi (Marianne) is going to have a baby and I am so excited. I love family.
GM: I love family, too.
AK: It is so much fun to have us all together and now you know there will be 12 of us.
GM: Yes, I know and it will be fun.
AK (With a twinkle in her eye): That means that along with Maddie you have another one of us to put on your sweatshirt.
And with a giggle she was off. You know she's right! It is fun when we are together! Family is a wonderful treasure given to us by the Father. Oh my, how fortunate I am.
Thanks be to God!