This is my nephew. He enjoys many things, but loves trains and dinosaurs. This photo truly captures his intense focus when playing with trains.
I look at him and how he concentrates, how he plays and I see my sister. I see so much of her in him that it causes my heart to overflow with joy and sadness. Joy, as I think about all of the fun times we have had and how blessed I am to have a sister. Sadness, as I think about how I wish she weren't 700+ miles away.
Does your sibling live far away? Do you know the joy and sadness of looking into the face of your niece, nephew, or own children appreciating the bond you have with them, but longing for it more often?
And then, I am thankful for the many times we have been joined together for weekends and vacations during the last 2.5 years of living miles apart. I am thankful to hear my son's name roll off the tongue of that little boy you see above. I am thankful for all of the LAUGHter and petty disagreements that often occur between his mother and I. I am thankful for a sister whom I love dearly and for a wonderful brother-in-law and a nephew that put a smile on my face.
I am thankful that my little guy enjoys trains and dinosaurs among other things. It allows them to connect more easily across the miles. It allows us, as parents, to connect more easily.