the wonder...

There is no denying it... Nothing can fill the void of family, except your family.

I understand that sentence is obvious, but I have been in a particularly interesting "funk" since I got home from visiting my sisters in Savannah, GA last weekend (just ask Mike). Typically I am able to put on a good face, interact like a "normal" human being when someone asks "How was your trip?" but it just wasn't happening for me when I got home from this trip. I actually teared up in front of several of my co-workers when they asked how my trip was. 

I knew why but it's a tough one to confront.

So, I have been doing some "soul searching" and "evaluations" of why I was (and might still be) such a hot mess. In the process I looked up the definition of family. In reading the definition this one hit me like a brick.... "Family - a person or people related to one and so to be treated with special loyalty or intimacy"

You see... there is a magic about family. 

A special loyalty and intimacy that happens between family members. 

Sometimes family is blood, sometimes family is not blood, but there is no denying it, whom ever you call "family" holds an inexplicably special place in your heart.

Needless to say, it isn't easy living 533 miles away from one sister and 978 from my oldest sister.

I guess what I am trying to say is... 

Don't let too much time pass between seeing family. They are your family.

Don't hold grudges between family.  They are your family.

Just be you around your family.  They are your family. 

Make an effort with your family.  They are your family.

Forgive and love your family.  Because you know what...they are your family.

Anyways, I needed to see my family, my sisters and brother-in-law, and especially my nephew. He is so full of wonder. I didn't know how much I needed to see them until I saw them.

I am grateful beyond words I got to be with them.

Here are a few pictures of our day in Savannah and what I saw.