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I have this thing. I’ve always had it. I have this thing about bringing people together. It really means a lot to me. I’m never happier than when the people closest to me are all together. As a kid, I remember my dad having to explain to me that the people you love can’t be together all the time, and I didn’t understand why.  Even with all of my different friends growing up, I would try to include all of them in big group activities, despite knowing that some didn’t quite get along. It was so awesome having everyone together for my brother’s wedding this past week, and yet at the same time, after all of the festivities are over, it’s sad to see everyone leave again. As silly as it may seem, I can’t help but feel a little lonely! It’s always bittersweet saying goodbye to people you care about, seeing them return to their own lives across the country.

Anyway, all this is to say that I find myself feeling very grateful this morning. When conversing with people, I find that I’m often reminded about certain qualities about myself that I’ve either forgotten or disregarded. It’s especially apparent when talking with people who have known me since childhood or I haven’t seen since childhood! It boggles my mind how different people’s lives can be, especially when they started from the same basic place – same city, family or social circle. Everyone has their own path to follow. I’m so thankful for my path and the people in my life. It’s scary how easily both can be taken for granted.

I found a few pictures Randy and I took a year or so ago. It reminded me how fast things can change and how quickly we adjust (and perhaps take for granted) our growth.

Pics of Blossom in our old apartment :)

Doing laundry at a laundromat – we don’t miss that at all!

I think everyone could benefit from taking the time to stop and look around at their lives. You may be surprised at what you discover!

– She

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