My Favorite Photo

I pull up this photo on a regular basis and it fills me with joy, love, and gratitude. I snapped it on Thanksgiving Dad 2012.

Every time I look at it, I see something new. The pine trees are long gone. Rachel is casually holding that football like it’s her job. Max and Randall brought their receiver gloves. Smiling Meg and Lindsay were spectators that day. Six are wearing their game faces. Somehow Kaitlin found the capacity to be a tough competitor and bring a smile to the team photo.

I don’t remember who won the game. But Rita and I certainly won the day.

What you don’t see in this photo — and what we didn’t know — is that our world was about to change dramatically. Our first grandchild would be born the following May.

A decade later this photo would become a close second favorite.

I am not the perfect father. Far from it.
I’m a pretty good grandfather. But still learning.
I don’t deserve these wonderful people in my life. And I don’t take it for granted.

My takeaway for any parent or grandparent reading this is . . . keep open the lines of communication. If there’s something that doesn’t seem right, put it gently on the table and talk it out. Be there. Put others first. Pray without ceasing. Make your home a welcoming place. Find joy in the simple things. And keep your sense of humor.

And — oh yeah — read my books!

These 38 books feature more than a million words sharing tales and takeaways that worked for me and may work for you.

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