Several days ago I posted a photograph of five children in their parents' bed; little ones at the beginning of life...an adventure in the making.
Fast-forward twenty years from 1962. Our family changed and grew from babes in arms to young adults. Add to the mix my 'little' brother, two sister-in-laws and a tiny niece and we were newly defined.
I was a junior in college and unaware of all the joys and trials that awaited me. We were still young and filled with fresh ideas and hopes, unwrinkled and unblemished. New relationships lay ahead, and eleven more babies would capture our hearts. Only childhood chapters had been finished, with an entire book left to be written.
Kathie, Wayne, Keith, Julie, Lori, Alan: those names have been with me for as long as I can remember. And through the ebbs and flows, the growth and the change...we are - and always will be - family.