Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Family Moment

A few days ago, I ordered this picture. It's one of my favorite pictures of Collin - literally spraying me with silly string - with the present I had just given him.

It's also one of my favorites, because of the pure joy on his face and on my dad's face (left corner). I just happened to snap it - I think I was walking away and Collin yelled for me to turn around  - and zap, he got me! (Teach me to buy a messy present.)

It has new meaning this week, because it also contains my "Uncle" Steve - (really my dad's cousin if someone can explain family tree stuff, but I grew up calling him Uncle Steve) - top right corner, with the puppy. 

Steve was killed over the weekend in a farming accident. The funeral is tomorrow in Western Kansas.

The package from Shutterfly was a bit bittersweet, because when I opened it today, this was the first picture to great me in the package. 

I love this picture, and I love the memories surrounding it. I remember how much fun we had at Aunt Pauline's farm (Steve's mom) and everything we did that visit. It's still one of my favorite pictures, but now it has new significance.

I thought I'd share this today, because it reminds me that regardless of "label," family plays an important and vital part of our lives. 

Maybe today, you should hug someone in your family (either by blood or by choice) and tell them how important they are to you. 

Because, as we learned this weekend, things can change in an instant. 

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