My children have been blessed. They not only have doting grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins of the flesh, but they have extra aunts and uncles and cousins who, because of our shared status as Christ's children, are brothers and sisters to us as well. There's Aunt Carley, of course. And Aunt Heather and Uncle Nate and our cousins Madison, Lola and Jackson.
Heather and Nate came and swept my children up in a warm embrace while I spent time trudging uphill back to them. Dean and I owe them a deep debt of gratitude. We owe everyone in our lives deep gratitude. Grace, mercy, love, friendship, forgiveness, prayer have been showered on me.