Libby Baker Sweiger

Weaver of Everyday Tales

Families: Made Of Love

“You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn’t depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.”
― Trenton Lee Stewart

Bill, Dad, Suzy, Me, Scott, Sara

Bill, Dad, Suzy, Me, Scott, Sara

I love my family very much, like them too. I’ve written lots about them.  You should know them quite well. 🙂 Here is a picture of my Dad and brothers and sisters. Next is a picture of my beloved husband Mike and my dear daughter Abby and her new puppy Elli!

Abby with Elli the Pup and Mike

Abby with Elli the Pup and Mike

I also have best friends I consider family. An entire family I would definitely consider family and that is the Heather and Christian Siebens family and their daughter Tory. 

Here are pictures Heather took of all of us out to dinner the other night, two days before the Siebens’ sixth Wedding Anniversary:

Best friend Heather and I

Best friend Heather and I and our families 🙂

1264073_10202182980316485_55436388_o As you can see there was a lot of love in the room that night. We all get along so well. Mike and Christian were talking so much, especially Mike, that Heather and I were teasing him that he wasn’t eating his food. Christian was getting in his time too talking about their work as men tirelessly seem to be able to do.1268466_10201915820964510_1510282527_o Heather and Tory and I talked about everything from fashion to art to horses to giggling at the boys in the room, Mike and Christian specifically, you know, girl stuff and had a wonderful time doing so. It was a warm and loving evening. With comforting chat, food and company. The more time we spend together the more we enjoy it, it seems. Our families are close and feel so at home together. We both love Jesus, we both love each other. We love our friends, art, painting, driving the freeways, some of these interests are not shared by Tory! She is only in middle school! 🙂 She loves horses and talking about her friends. She is good in school and I love to help her with her writing. With her math, well, we will just say ~ She is better than it than I am and will have to ask Mike if Christian or Heather are ever stumped!1277217_10201915816204391_997687658_o (1)This is a lot of fun for Mike and I. Abby is 30 and lives up North. We don’t see her as much as we’d like. When we do we have a blast and we keep in touch, texting, calling. The human heart is expansive. There is always room for more love. That is its nature and with Jesus in your heart this is even more the case.

Never close your heart or let it be influenced with bitterness, jealousy or any kind of negative emotion. That is not what God wants for your life. He wants you to open your heart and let more people in. People from Church, people from work. Your neighbors and friends. “Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together in Christian fellowship. Hebrews 10:25” does not just mean Church on Sunday ~ rather it is a way to live your life ~ inclusively.

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