Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My script of joy, immortal diet,
y bottle of salvation.
My gown of glory, hopes true gauge,
And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.

~Sir Walter Raleigh

A hiker, walking for pleasure, likes to choose between several alluring trails.
The pilgrim desires only the road that leads home.

~Frank W. Boreham

Thursday, March 14, 2013


"Children's children are the crown of the aged."

Cousins!  And there can be no denying the family connection.  Just compare those faces!  

This could so easily become a piece on "when they were little".  So much family history, so much of joy and tears already locked up in their young faces, hearts and lives.  But more than anything, it is a piece on rejoicing.

Represented here and cause for rejoicing are the gifts and graces these cousins are bringing to, not only the family, but the separate spheres in which they live. They are young women of loving hearts and kind acts, without exception starting when they were very young.

A most remarkable reason to rejoice is in the fact that in this present confused and wayward generation, these have made wise life choices.   Granted, the end of their stories is yet to be written, still, for now there is only pride - in the best sense - in the ways in which they have lived their lives and the ways of service and grace they've chosen to ministers to those around them.

Rejoicing too, in the promise of yet a future generation being raised in righteousness.

Added to all that is serious and fine, these are some of the world's funniest, wittiest, goofiest young women.  They enjoy life, family and the world around them.  They spread joy, laughter and song on all our paths. There is no end to the fun and silliness any time they meet.

Here is balance in lives well lived.  Here is steady walking the pilgrim way - with dancing.

And in this Nana's heart there is rejoicing too, knowing that The Goodness and Mercy will follow them all of their days and bring them to their goodly reward.


Photo by Julia Valovich