My most used tag on this blog is "Family." I love writing and sharing about my kids and now my grandkids. I have more than 2,700 posts on this blog and a great chunk of them is about my two kids, their spouses and their kids. It's a record of their growth and how I related to them.
I've often asked myself why do I mention them so much. Am I bragging? No, not really. For me, it's a point of celebration where I can smile and I can see the evidence of the existence and presence of God. And, it's something that I love being part of with my wife.
I get my primary identity from being a child of God. He adopted me. But, I get my secondary identity from being a dad and a husband. It hasn't come from the jobs I've held in my life or the things that happened to me early in my life.
Growing up my family was my mom and me and a little fox terrier dog. That was it. Now, it's eleven. My wife and me, our two kids and five grandkids, two of whom are pre-born.
I think this blog has helped me sort through the pieces of my feelings about all this and sometimes I've done this clumsily.
In the New Year, I hope to bring a little more intention, order and clarity to it.
My mom had six brothers and five sisters. They all brought a special meaning and purpose to her life. I better understand why.