“The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.” ~Thomas Jefferson

Not that I need any more reasons to cry this week, but here are some recent pictures from our lets-make-every-day-count-til-we-say-farewell-to-Jared family gatherings. I am also including a few random quotes I found about family (though I do not necessarily claim to endorse or even know all of the originators); some poignant but mostly humorous to keep things light-hearted.

These were taken back on his birthday…probably his last birthday at home. <sniff, sniff>

I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich.”  ~Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford, “Identity Crisis,” M*A*S*H

“Family:  A social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space, and the mother with closet space.”  ~Evan Esar

We are so proud of our future Marine!

All the men at church covered Jared with prayer, and brought tears to everyone else in the place!

We spent Sunday afternoon with Grammy and Granddaddy, eating brisket and ice cream, and playing music together.

“You don’t choose your family.  They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”  ~Desmond Tutu

There is no cure for laziness but a large family helps.”  ~Herbert Prochnov

To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.”  ~Barbara Bush

(And if you’re trying to cock your head upside down, don’t feel bad. I’ll accommodate you. Because “families are like fudge–mostly sweet with a few nuts.”)

What greater blessing to give thanks for at a family gathering than the family and the gathering.”  ~Robert Brault

Family Quotes Source

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