It's been a long time since I've blogged. I've missed it, and I haven't. Life has been full of ups and downs. The ups have been experienced with gladness of heart, but the downs can lead me to withdraw into myself. I tend to isolate when I'm down, and too much of that is not healthy. That's why I'm thankful the downs have been so few this year.
One new down has been the move of my brother and his family away from Virginia. They actually lived in our neighborhood for the past 12 years. We spent most holidays together and mixed our 2 mixed-up families at one large table to share mass quantities of food. Somehow we always made the same amounts whether there were 9 or 19 of us. I will miss them.
I've been doubly blessed because I like and love my brother and sister-in-law. (I actually have another brother and sister-in-law in North Carolina I feel the same about.) As I've listened to others during the holiday time, I've been reminded that not everyone is so blessed with healthy, happy relationships.
So while I'm down that they've moved, I'm glad that our ties go deeper than blood. We are friends -- not because we have to be, but because we choose to be. And that's good.