Overflowing with Love

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!

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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10 Responses to Overflowing with Love

  1. ksbeth says:

    i love every word of this, russ –

  2. I love the depth of this Russ. You are blessed.

  3. Mrs. P says:

    What marvelous memories to be viewed in the future…cherished moments. Remember the expression…one day you”ll laugh at all of this…and smile too! ❤️

    • russtowne says:

      Fortunately we were ale to laugh in the moment at nearly all of it. No one laughed, however, when one of the local grandkids had to be rushed to the hospital on the last night of the visit with a temperature of 104 degrees F hours before we needed to get the out-of-towners to the airport at 5am. Everything turned out okay and Thomas is much better now, but we all had very little sleep that night.

  4. utesmile says:

    What a wonderful time you had , it sounds great , mayhem, but fun with love. Now just go and sleep for a week! 🙂

    • russtowne says:

      Every word you used to describe the visit is accurate. My Beloved and I are attempting to play catch-up with our sleep. Nine hours in bed feels luxurious compared to the amount we had during the last eighteen glorious days.

  5. So many smiles, Russ. And the photo of Heidi is precious. I hope you have as much fun in your new home when it’s completed as you’re having while it’s being built. Love, Clare

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