I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. ~1 Cor1:4
Having a largish family is like shuffling a deck of cards; how you play your hand depends on who you've been dealt at any given time.
For a great many years we had a very male dominated house. Then the lads all packed their bags & departed for regions unknown & we were left with just girls. Dearest was rather horrified. Suddenly he was very out of his depth. The girls were on the whole gentler, sweeter ~ & much easier to get along with ~ except for those rare occasions when they weren't.
The whole dynamics of the house changed because the girls were likely to have cooking frenzies. Romantic comedies were far more likely to be viewed than action thrillers. PMS reared its ugly head & the cats were treated more like recalcitrant children than wayward animals.
Now I have just one of each but the missing ones leave gaps that can't be filled. Tomorrow my Liddy turns 22. Apart from the fact that it is absolutely impossible that a whole 22 years have passed since I looked into Liddy's serence & unconcerned face for the first time while trying to wrap my head around the fact that I had indeed been right all along & this time we had got our baby girl, what is she doing so far from home on her birthday!
Technically she wasn't actually here for her birthday last year either but she was round & at some point we did see her & managed to celebrate. This year she is in Chile. Her birthday present is still sitting on my desk. Sorrow, Lid. Perhaps sub~conciously I expect to wake tomorrow morning & find Liddy is up early demanding her goodies. I have threatened cheesecake without her. Bad mummy!
I have been in trouble with both my mother & my daughter for not blogging enough. My visitor tally tells me Liddy is stalking my blog so here's to you, Lid! Your present will arrive in due course. Many Happy returns for the morrow! May Christ's love fill your days & His Holy Spirit sustain you ~ & I will speak to you in the morning.