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Wendy and I started a new tradition two years ago. It came about from the lack of connection, the inability to keep up with all the commotion of a maturing large family such as ours. The idea was to gather weekly at a time that worked best for all of us. That time turned out to be … breakfast. Not everyone can make it every week, but when they do, it sure makes for a full house. If you drive by at that time, you’ll see cars lined up our road as if we’re having a church service. If the weather is nice, we’ll have picnic tables stretching across our 20-foot-long front porch. We’ll be enjoying eggs and bacon, toast, orange juice and coffee. We’ve talked about getting a restaurant-grade coffee maker, but for now our 12-cup pot is loaded several times through the morning to keep everyone buzzing. The conversations roll through the meal, ranging from important announcements of calendar items to whatever’s new and hot that everyone should know about. Then we go our separate ways. Some go to their in-laws, some venture off on some adventure, others go to various jobs. These mornings have become true, restful blessings…
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