Mom and Dad’s Front Yard, 32 Years Later

I was going to write about the joy we feel when we are all together, how much I love my family, how proud I am of my brothers and sisters-in-law, how I don’t think of them as “in-laws” at all, ever, how I never knew I could love their kids almost as much as I love my own… But then I saw what my Dad wrote on his blog, and it summed it all up:

Lanting Family

from left to right: Andrew,Kevin,Joshua,Lynn,Sarah,Dad,Mom,Rob,Joel Jr.,Mark,tree man,Abbey,Jared,Joel Sr.,Lillian,Lisa.  row2: Alistair,Brooke,Aaron,Maddie,Whitney,Caleb,Me,Isabelle

Today we had our family over to celebrate Easter.
I think this day will stand out as a highlight in my life.
It is amazing to me how very much they all love each other.
Not a cross word,not a sarcastic comment,just peace.
Thank You God.

That my Dad felt “peace” with 13 little kids running all over his house yesterday is a true sign of God’s real peace.  I have an overwhelming sense of gratitude when we are all together.  I feel God’s hand of blessing on our family, and know so much of it has to do with my Mom and Dad’s love and commitment to God and each other.

Easter Dress

Same front yard as 1978.  A little has changed since then.

2 thoughts on “Mom and Dad’s Front Yard, 32 Years Later

  1. Chelle says:

    You are a truly blessed group, and your dad never seems to miss a beat! I recently listened to a Rob Bell podcast that talks about God’s desire for the world: Peace. As in Shalom, righteousness, a rightness w/ God, each other and ourselves. Sounds like your family is moving in the right direction. 😉

  2. Amy says:

    that is awesome….how blessed you are to be apart of such an amazing family! That is my prayer for my kids and their (future) spouses and children…that 32 years later our front yard will be full of love and peace!

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