Sunday, August 30, 2009

52 Blessings—Cali

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Last week’s comments to 52 Blessings—Ande made me laugh. Cali started the family interchange with, “And mom, I'm going to be your blessing next week, huh. I'll e-mail you a picture to put up” which then lead Grace to write, “I'll be finding a picture so I can be your blessing after Cali for the next week!” which then prompted Abe to write, “when do i get to be the blessing? i love you” and ended with Calvin saying . . . well . . . you’ll have to go see what he wrote . . .

So not only is Cali one of my favorite blessings, she is the source of so many others as well. Appropriately, one Christmas Calvin gave her some drink-stirring-sticks in her socking because as he says, “Cali you are the straw that stirs the drink in our family.” She puts an incredible amount of effort in developing and maintaining family relationships and we all benefit from her camaraderie, skill and wit.

I have learned much at Cali’s expense and so appreciate not only what she has taught me, but what she prepared me to teach the others. She is definitely one of my favorite blessings and I thank God for her.

12 comments:

Kim Sue said...

I love how well you {and your family} express your feelings among yourselves. I grew up in a family full of actions but very {very} few words. I'm trying but I think it takes practice!

Kathy said...

Oh, how fun! I love it when our family gets on the same line of thinking, that is when the fun begins. What light hearted fun you have going with all those young adults in your life! Great stage! Cali is a doll and a great blessing, not only to you, but to everyone who knows her!

Kay Scott said...

Love these insights into your family!! Blessings, humor, family ties--it's all good. (As I am 3 days away from sending my baby to the Philippines for 2 years, I am so grateful for family and how each child is our biggest blessing.) Love these posts.

shelly said...

So Jane.....Cali can cook!

michelle said...

I loved that exchange in your comments! It shows how much fun you all have together, and it looks like Grace is fitting right in.

How great that Cali is the straw that stirs the drink!

Marie said...

That banter in the comments section really was great. I look forward to the spotlights on the other members of your family.

Mindy said...

I also love the line, "Cali is the straw that stirs the drink," very clever!

Whidget said...

Wait, when do I get to be a blessing?? I will send you a photo, too! :P

What a cute post. Love reading about your blessings.

Bridget

Jill said...

It was fun to read your family's comments on your post about Ande. What a great compliment to be "the straw that stirs the drink in our family."

Emma J said...

Boy, it doesn't take 52 guesses to figure out what your blessings will be the next month or two! (Poor Calvin - though didn't I read one not too long back that itemized at length and had a really wonderful picture of hard-working hands piled with notebooks, scriptures, planners, sacrament bread . . . ?)

I'd have to agree though - you have a wonderful family and your children are *all* a credit to you both.

Ande Payne said...

Yes she most definately is a blessing.

Becky said...

How does she look so chic and domestic all at the same time? *That* takes serious skills!