Our son Brian and his family’s eighteen-day visit from Maryland to our not-so-sunny California shores came to an end in the early-morning hours today. Our son Ben and his family joined us every day, and our daughter Stephanie visited multiple times as well. We had eleven to thirteen people (a changing sub-set of whom were sick) and three dogs in our construction-zone home for nearly three weeks. Four of the children were under age five, and I can attest to the fact that all five youngsters have healthy lungs and aren’t afraid to to use them at full blast as much as possible. The family gathering was delightful, love-filled, chaotic, messy, loud, and exhausting, and we can’t wait to do it again, after getting a lot of sleep. The image above of my Beloved asleep with our two youngest grandchildren on our messy crowded couch with signs of construction in the background kind of says it all–except there wasn’t all that much sleeping!