Thursday, July 6, 2017

FAMILY: Blessings and Gratitude


I rarely get the opportunity to get out to photograph sunset, or much else these days. If I do, it's a quick backyard sunset (as above) while I'm preparing dinner. I do hope to get back into more photography eventually, but right now, I am loving spending more time with family; particularly the 4 of our  9 young adult children who still live at home and love going on weekly coffee dates, shopping dates, or day trips to the mountains or the beach.
 **Apparently we are still cool enough to hang out with!! :) **



Family life has changed so much since August 2016!

My oldest son is back in our lives, this time for good, as his marriage has broken down irretrievably. He is currently living with us while he tries to get back on his feet. As all loving parents would, we have been here to support, guide and love him through the process of rebuilding his life and fighting for his 4 young children and the ability to see them. The legal process doesn't come easy when you (and your family) don't have the finances to pay for Family Lawyers but you don't qualify for Legal Aid. It's been a very hard road for him.


We have been having our 4 grandchildren (7, 5, 3 & 21 months) for the day on most Sundays, which has been a wonderful answer to prayer. We are loving getting to know our grandchildren; spending time with them each week, watching them grow and develop, and observing their unique little personalities. They are such precious little people and I have so much love for them!

We also have our 5th grandchild on the way, which is very exciting!


We've had some difficulties to deal with this year, but we've had so many more blessings. I choose to be grateful in it all, the good & the bad.

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” - Maya Angelou



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13 comments:

The Furry Gnome said...

I'd say you're making a good choice. Keep caring!

Helen said...

Life is such a roller coaster. So glad for you that your son has returned and you now able to see his wonderful children. These images reflect your new found joy. I sincerely hope that the way forward won't be as tough as it appears to be at this point.

Photo Cache said...

The beach scene looks so inviting.

Jim said...

Beautiful shots.

Tom said...

...Liz, what beautiful images, you live in a wonderful part of paradise.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I so glad you son returned and you are seeing your grandchildren. I hope something is worked for all concerned. Love your pretty sunset and the pretty beach scenes. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

You have been through a lot. You and your family are now on the family prayer list.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I really like your positive outlook! It's something I work on daily. Oh, and beautiful photography!!

Felicia said...

Everything will work out for you and your family with an attitude like that. Keep encouraged one and all and thanks for the beautiful images.

Stewart M said...

Very nice post - I'm spending a lot of time with family at present - four weeks in fact!

Cheers - Stewart M, Mells, Somerset, UK

Lisa Gordon said...

It sounds like you are so enjoying the time you are spending with your family, Liz, and I am so happy for you.
I wish your son all the very best. These situations can be so difficult.
Sending you hugs.
xo.

Pat Tillett said...

Really nice photos Liz.
The power of positive thinking!

Michael S-B said...

Lovely photos as always, Liz <3 There really are so many positives this year! And I love your gratitude attitude :)

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