Webster’s dictionary defines family as:

The basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children.

ALSO: any various social units differing from, but regarded as, equivalent to the traditional family.

ALSO: as a group of people united by certain convictions or common affiliations.

Those are Webster’s definitions- there may be more, I just stopped reading. Those are the technical and official definitions.

I think your family is multilayered- there are those you are born with or into and then there are the family members you choose, or those that choose you.

My recent trip to Booneville- with my son, Zach and my chosen family was wonderful. The trip was all about our extended family.

The trip was short- but the entire way I was surrounded by family- all by choice we were together. From the plane ride down with Zach, my sister Deanne, Larron and Harriet- and then we connected with Dave, Jude and Mark- all family- all loving and caring, listening and lifting each other up along the way .

Extended family was in Booneville to make us, once again, feel loved, accepted and welcome.

I have a magnet that says: Chance made us family choice made us friends. I think we are all family- we are all on this road together. We all have a story, we all have ups and downs and highs and lows. We are in it together.

Our affiliation is our love of God, love of our community, our region and our world and each other.

Thanks for being my family:

Thank you, Lord for showing us that love has no boundaries or end but listens, has patience, compassion, grace and gives without counting cost. Thank you for granting us a heart for those you love and a willingness to step out in faith and service. Thank you, Lord for showing us true love can be ours to know and give.

Maureen Herzog

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