We Aren’t Normal

My family is not normal. This is a good thing. Today I had brunch with my sister her 2 daughters and another sister’s daughter. We are friends. We are different from each other. We love each other. We like to get together and be together. We aren’t checking to see if we had our daily devotions today. We are loving on each other, caring for each other, accepting each other, praying for each other and waiting on God to do His sanctifying work in our lives. If we fall, we love each other and help each other get up. If we have an emotional melt down we wait for that to pass and see what God taught us through that. We don’t panic and wonder if we’ve lost our salvation. We’ve seen a lot in my family. There are plenty of people to watch after all. We trust God that He will bring us all through the ups and downs of our lives here on earth. What we do and need to do is to love each other dearly. Above all else, love each other dearly… That’s what I want to do. That’s what I want to encourage you to do.

I Peter 4:8  (ESV) ~

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

(NIV) ~

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.


Above all keep fervent in your love for one another because love covers a multitude of sins.

The Message ~

Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything.

We’re not normal. We are certainly not perfect. But, we love each other and that covers a lot of kasha! (Russian for oatmeal, or messy issues….)


About Ellenhttp://I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

17 thoughts on “We Aren’t Normal

  1. Your post reminds me of this last Friday afternoon in Mammoth where I got to walk around one of the lakes was able to just relax and pray for the family, it was one of my favorite moments of the week.

    Debbee, What a great way to spend a walk…

  2. You’re all such beautiful women and I am beyond blessed to be a part of this abnormal, non-perfect family. I wish I could have been there with you today. Love you all.

    Laura, It would have been even lovlier with you there…

  3. normal is a setting on the diswasher. Nothing more.
    I totally agree with you. love God. love your family. the rest will fall into place.

    Mighty Mom, Love the normal is a setting on the d/w comment. Blessings…

  4. Yes, I’ve told our daughters over and over that, “No family is normal–they’re all weird, especially ours!”

    Thanks for the lovely reminder of loving our family as Christ would! 🙂

    BTW, love your use of the word kasha! It is fitting as my girls had a great distaste for anything “kasha-like” early on–probably had WAY too much of it in the orphanage!

    Connie, Blessings on you and by all means don’t make kasha for your girls!

  5. Thanks, Ellen, I love the pictures. How truly blessed we are, I thank God continually for all of us. I also thank God for teaching us to be so unnormal. By the way I am sitting here at work eating my kasha!!!!

    Vera, Instant? Love you…

  6. Would that we are also so non-normal! A beautiful post; how blessed you are to have each other, as well as be close enough geographically that you can get together like this.

    Sara, while I’m here and close I’m taking advantage of it…

  7. Beautiful bunch of ladies!

    I’ve written more about my sibling — you ming relate some of the characters in my family.

    So. Bell, I’m heading on over to read about your characters!

  8. Ellen–this is so neat! Pictures are great!
    You sound so much like us. My mother and 2 sisters try and get away twice a year…it’s coming up in October…we have fellowship….shopping….devotions….singing….eating….did I mention shopping?
    We have a wonderful time loving God, and each other!
    Thank you for sharing your special family!
    Bless you!!!! 🙂

    Hi Angie, Thank you and blessings on your family!

  9. To my lovely nieces, daughters, sisters and bloggy friends…Thank you for taking the time to comment. Won’t it be lovely when we’re all together in Heaven enjoying our Lord together, the best family ever with no Kasha!

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