I did go to work today, even with my very little voice. I woke up with a scratchy throat and my head very heavy. But I was determined to go to work. My voice actually got a bit better as the day went on, but I was very, very tired by the end of the day. During the kids "nap time" I was talking to a teacher that I don't work with very often. She was asking about my grandchildren and I got to show off some pictures of my little sweeties. And then she asked me about Anna's name. So I told her a bit about the back story of all my grand children's names. And I got to thinking, again, about Aunt Anna. This evening I came across this picture that I got from one of my siblings. It was not saved in the same file as most of my scanned pictures, and it is a great photo! I wish I would have found this picture to go with a past blog post about my mom and her family.
In this picture - left to right is my mom (Nona Johnson) my aunt Eunice, Aunt Anna Toensing, my grandfather (Henry Arnold Toensing), my aunt Phyllis, my aunt Beatrice. My guess is that this picture is from the early 1950's. What a treasure. And I just love this picture. The way that they are standing with their arms around each other. I love the big smile on my mom's face. And I can see the personality in each of my aunt's faces. Yes, this picture is a keeper.
And talking about the history of the grand kids names, made me forget my lack of a voice for a few minutes! I love that these opportunities come up to share a bit about my family, my faith and even my generations. I know that these are Holy Spirit appointments that turn a somewhat crummy day into something quite different!
Jesus, thank you for reminding me of the amazing gift of my family. Thank you for the time that I get to spend with Gwen and my grandchildren. Holy Spirit, I love that you provide opportunities for me to share. What a wonderful bright spot in a somewhat dark day. Thank you for health and healing. Amen