The entire day Sunday was spent cooking, eating, talking, laughing, making-smore’sing, and having a great time on Wendy’s side of the family. The Larsons–many of whom we have not seen in years–traveled to the Jeub home for a long-overdue family reunion.
After the long, long day, I spent some time relaxing with my mom, Judy. She said something quite profound, “After all this family has been through, I truly believe we can achieve world peace.” Wendy goes into just a tidbit of dysfunction in our book Love in the House, and our “Kids by the Dozen” TV show only mentions a poor childhood. Wendy doesn’t like to go into detail, but her upbringing was incredibly difficult.
Despite all the crud that life shoveled her and the rest of her family, LOVE has shone through. Yesterday was an ultimate manifestation of God’s overreaching love that heals wounds and builds relationships. Wendy’s family is a group of beautiful people, and their collective testimony–while interesting–is nothing unusual in God’s family. When love is the main ingredient in a family, no worldly dysfunction can hinder His will. I really believe that.
Here are some pictures with some short footnotes that explain a lot…