Crazy Cousin Love

We did some serious eating yesterday.  We were gone all day. I sadly, never sat down long enough, nor did I have anymore juice in my head to write yesterday! We spent the day with 2 of our families.  We have done 3 thanksgivings now.  (Matt has had 4 if you include his office one) Gluttony is a real thing!! All of my favorite things were served, and I over indulged all day.  But the only thing fuller than my belly yesterday was my heart!  We watched cousins play and laugh.  We enjoyed football games and conversation.  We shared memories of holidays passed.  We giggled over silly moments and took an obscene amount of pictures so that we could all get our Christmas card shot.  We had WAY more bloopers than keepers.  We laughed again last night after going over some of the photos that made some of us look ridiculous!!!  This will be put away later for blackmail purposes for whenever necessary…hehehe!!!  I love watching our kids with the cousins. They all love one another.  It cracks me up how they pair off.  Who likes to be with whom and what they like doing. At my parents there is a trampoline, corn hole, a yard and cut de sac to toss a football or baseball. We have seen bloody noses, face plants, skinned knees, burnt fingers, toddlers running off the trampoline into the ivy, bumped heads, and lots of flips. Kids bounce.  They get bandaids and kisses, or ice packs and stitches, and then they are ready to head back out.  They don’t want to miss any part of the fun when all the cousins are together. I have seen a quote somewhere, that Cousins are your first best friends.  In our family this is so true.

I am so thankful for all these crazy kiddos! I love being their aunt Lolly! It is a joy and honor to be able to be a part of their lives. I love spoiling them. I pray that each of them feels the love all around them. I pray that they will see God in our homes and lives and that they will all seek Him as they grow. I pray that they will continue the legacy our family has left us. They have my whole heart!

Philippians 1:10-11 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

By Laurel Austin Henson

Laurel spent 8 months caring for her first husband after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. He passed away at 33, leaving behind a daughter of 7 and 5 year old twin boys. After sowing millions of tears, Laurel sought out God daily and began to plan for a life of being a single mother, but ready to raise their children in faith, hope and love. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined when she brought Matt into her life, along with his 2 children. He was recently divorced and the providence of God had been leading up to this life for more than 20 years! Now Laurel is reaping joy with Matt and their 5 beautiful children. Thanks be to God for all the beauty created from the ashes of death and divorce.

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