Together ~ Five Minute Friday #fmf

One Word Prompt ~ Five Minutes of Writing ~ No Editing

Today's Prompt: TOGETHER


From the moment they were born I knew there would come a day that my children would grow up and leave my house. And after twenty-one years it began to happen. By the way . . . the biggest downside to having children one after another is that they leave one after another!

I adjusted to them being gone mainly because they lived close and we saw them often. When the grandbabies began to arrive we saw them even more often. The bliss of being together for the holidays seemed like it would just go on and on. Birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and all the rest, you name it and we used it as an excuse to gather and connect.

Then it happened . . . this past Christmas we were all within thirty minutes of each other but over the course of a few days illness began dropping us like flies. For the first time we weren't going to be together to do advent with everyone. No Fitzpatrick Family Game Night. What to do about the trophy?

At first we were all very sad, but slowly we realized that it gave each of us time to be with our immediate families. Each family made new memories and did some new things. This granny's heart just longed for those sweet little ones but I also have to admit that the time with my man was very nice.

Because of all the changes that have come about this year it looks like we may not be together again for the holidays. While I will miss the chaos and long for my loved ones . . . because we are better together . . . I've also learned that we are always together  in our hearts and minds. (And on Skype!!!)

The greatest thing in the world is that we have a promise that one day we will always be together!

"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are still alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words."
~ 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-18


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  1. I look forward to the day when we will be together with our loved ones and earnestly pray for the loved ones outside of Christ right now to be called to Him that we may enjoy Him together for all eternity.

    May He sustain you as you may not be as physically together with your loved ones this coming season.

    Visiting from FMF.

    1. Amen Rebekah! I'm looking forward to that day with you . . . until then may His name be praised!!!

  2. hi brandi, i can identify with parts of your post. most of the time we are unable to be with all our girls b/c they live all over the place! soon the ukrainian ones will be back in the US, but the other 2 are in seattle and AL. we just recently moved to AL to be near SOME of our kids/grands.

    we have learned advantages to both holidays...the ones we are alone and the ones where we travel. usually, somewhere along the line, we do SOME travelling. then catch up with ourselves after the holidays. i enjoyed reading your blog...and especially this post:)

  3. Funny how you go from seeing each other everyday wanting self time to growing up and cherishing those times where you can be together. When we are together we live it to the fullest and that is what matters!


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