Friday, March 23, 2012

"A happy home is but an earlier heaven"

I have always been a photo junkie. I love finding new old pictures and having good memories come flooding back. Sadly, my family did not take many pictures as my siblings and I were growing up. I always tell me mom that I wish she would have taken more.

One day last month, as I was digging for something in the storage room, I came across a very large storage bin. I opened it up, and found literally hundreds (if not thousands) of pictures. I spent the next several hours going through each one.

 I found pictures from my parents childhoods, their teenage years, and their wedding. I found pictures of my siblings as babies. I found pictures of us playing and laughing together. I remembered family vacations, that would have otherwise been long forgotten, and I was reminded, as I looked into the eyes of my family members, of how good life can be.

 “Our most important and powerful assignments are in the family. They are important because the family has the opportunity at the start of a child’s life to put feet firmly on the path home. Parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, aunts and uncles are made more powerful guides and rescuers by the bonds of love that are the very nature of a family"
-President Henry B. Eyring

With each picture, I realized how lucky I am to have the family that I have.

To remember the feelings I felt that day, I put together a slideshow of just a few of my favorite pictures. In these pictures, you can see the light in the eyes of children playing, 
the bonds shared between siblings,
the love in the eyes of husband and wife,
 and the looks of pure affection given between parent and child.

(To watch the video full screen, click on the youtube button on the bottom right.)

"A happy home is but an earlier heaven."
-President Thomas S. Monson

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