I think it started this morning – when we all woke up early to go to church. All six of us filed into the van and drove off 40 minutes to our destination. In the sanctuary, Ally and I sit with Mom and Dad – always in the middle left hand section – and began to worship the Lord.
After church, we all went to get some bagels at Einstein Bros. I wanted to try Mom and Dad’s coffee, but it was strong, nasty, and had no honey whatsoever. Ally had her own cup, but I’m positive she was trying to convince herself she liked it. I’m more of a New Mexico Pinon Coffee girl. We all had a good laugh over my utterly disgusted face.
Following the coffee scam, we drove home and Dad and I dropped off Mom, Ally, and Josh so we could go get some snacks for the big game. Yes, I do watch football. When we got to 7-11, Dad, John, and I went on a hunt for game-worthy snacks. I picked Chicharrònes (and OMG were they amazing – I’ve loved them since I was a little girl), Dad picked some chips, dip, and iced tea, and John chose a chocolate tootsie pop – which he did not save for the game.
We started spectating games at around 11:00 AM with the Panthers vs. Seahawks. I really wanted to see Russel Wilson go to the Super Bowl, but hey, what can you do when the guy throws 2 interceptions, right? The whole family was on the edge of our seats and screaming for touchdowns and crying for dropped passes. We had a very merry time – and that was just the first game!
At the end of the Seahawks tragic loss, we put the boys for their naps, and we took one ourselves. After that, we were totally hyped to see Peyton Manning rock the Steelers. I must be honest, I wasn’t very happy with him until the 4th quarter with the fumble and touchdown – plus the 2-point conversion! I think we all went hysterical when the touchdown was made! We shouted and laughed and I think Joshua freaked out at all the noise.
And yes, we are all ready to see Manning give Brady a run for his $$.
This whole day was a God-thing.
All of it: from waking up super early and laughing at disgusting over-priced coffee to rejoicing like the die-hard Bronco fans we are. And it all points to one thing: family.
When God made the world 4,000 years ago, one of the first things he did was set the stage for family – creating a man and woman to have children!
Without families, no one could survive.
Sure, friends are great to have around, but are they going to be there when you’re alone and scared? No, your Ma will – your Dad will – your sister and brothers will. As I’ve grown into a young lady, I’ve learned that although friends are a privilege, family is an even greater privilege.
Think about it, there’s some things you can do with your family that you can’t do with your friends, teachers, or elders. Would you let your brothers belch while you laugh hysterically about it in front of your riding instructor? I know I wouldn’t. There are just some things families can laugh at and joke at that other people just can’t – and that’s ok!
The point is, is that family matters to God.
God gave us to each other to laugh with and talk with and share our hardest feelings with! We hold each other up and encourage each other to walk in the Lord. After all, he is a Father. That’s why we call him the Father.
So maybe this wasn’t the longest post ever, but I really felt God pushing on my heart to put an emphasis on family for all my dear readers. Family unity is probably the most important part of life. Without my Ma, Dad, Ally, John or Josh, I’d probably be a lot different. If I didn’t have a group of people who loved me when I came home every night, I’d be a lonely depressed human being. When I put other dumb things on a pedestal, I seem to grab my family and laugh a little more.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Emily 😛 P.S. And now, I’m off to enjoy some more familia camaraderie and finish watching The Hobbit Extended Edition Trilogy with Part 3…
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