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The round table creaked as Grandma folded the mayonnaise into the potato salad.  It was her specialty and the 4th of July would not happen without it.  The smell of burnt sparklers wafted over the lake water.  Mom and several others harmonized by the blazing fire, while Dad roasted marshmallows and bellowed out of tune next to her.  I sat with my toes dangling in the water while feet scampered up and down the dock behind me.  The glow of the fireworks reflected off the water and shone light upon all of the faces of my family.


These are moments when time stops and you wish it would never end.  You know, in those deep, cavernous places of the heart that it will not always be.  But for that one moment, you belong to something sacred. Three generations, as inter-twined as the colors of the western sunset that sets in the distance.


That belonging has significance that outlives our human existence.  In it, countless legacies are left to kids and grandkids.  Roots push under the ground and grow strong, healthy trees – a forest of family, where we always have a home in the world.

Five Minute Friday

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  • Rebekah Straw July 19, 2013, 7:23 am

    Oh Krista, this is absolutely beautiful! I feel as if I am there. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Krista July 19, 2013, 7:33 am

      Thank you Rebekah! So kind of you to take the time to read. Blessings to you!

  • Joann Latimer July 19, 2013, 7:35 am

    Beautiful Imagery! I can smell the sparklers now. 🙂

    • Krista July 19, 2013, 4:41 pm

      Thank you Joann!

  • Jacque Watkins July 19, 2013, 7:48 am

    There are fewer things more beautiful than family. Thank you for your lovely words…what a nice time you must have had! Blessings to you!

    • Krista July 19, 2013, 4:42 pm

      So true Jacque! Blessings to you as well 😉

  • Jen July 19, 2013, 8:00 am

    You paint such a wonderful picture with your words…reminds me of many family gatherings. Reminding me that no matter what, I always belong with my family.

    • Krista July 19, 2013, 4:42 pm

      Thank you Jen! Yes, a family that fosters belonging is such a gift!!

  • Genevieve July 19, 2013, 3:19 pm

    Thank goodness for family! “Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will you will love and be loved for the rest of your life. No matter what.”

    • Krista July 19, 2013, 4:43 pm

      Agreed Genevieve! Thank goodness 😉

  • denise/ July 19, 2013, 7:47 pm

    so glad you shared.

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