Something about holidays brings certain things to light.
Like our annual Rozier Christmas party.
Looking around I noticed just a few of the reasons I love being a part of my extended family:
1. Always doting aunts ready to view and be excited about the new members of our family...like baby Grant
2. We have our unique qualities....like Calvary's hair. She was born with a one pony tail on the side of her head. I've never seen anything like it. What a nice little bonus.
3. Even when members of our family arrive 30 minutes late for dinner because they accidentally go to the wrong party down the street, no one is upset....only happy to see them.
4. At any given Rozier party, during any given year, there are always little ones to love
and give great meaning to life.
5. We have the best food at our family gatherings!
6. There is always catching up to do. Concern and interest all around the room.
7.We share history together and are so happy to see once again family that travel many hours to be with us.
8. We accept all princesses
9. My Dad is the quiet patriarch of this family, with Susan always by his side.
They, along with my mother, are our foundation.
10. We worry and pray for those who are struggling, and share in their pain. Before our Christmas Eve dinner we all knelt in prayer on behalf of our brother Richard who is in Utah struggling with health challenges.
Last Tuesday, the same night we learned he was in ICU, was also the same day we discovered our leaking house. Suddenly I didn't care if our house fell down. I just want my brother to be well again.
Did I always so appreciate my extended family? I don't think so. Not as much as I should have. In years past, sometimes I saw our gatherings as just another thing I had to do, another place we had to be. I'm thankful for those who went to such efforts, and continue to do so...to keep our family traditions going strong.
Update on house: It is still not dry. Day 5 at the Hilton...