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The family is the most important and valuable gift that God has given us. It is the first lesson in relationships we have with others.

Yesterday, I spent the day with my 89 year old aunt. She talked to me about growing up as the baby in a large family. We also discussed her leaving Louisiana, moving to Arkansas, and how she ended up in Chicago and living with my Auntie Ruby before marrying her husband.

We discussed the importance of having family in our lives. She reminded me that family is your DNA and they are the people who accept you for who you are. They’re the people who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.

She explained to me that all of her siblings have transitioned. She knew this one would be the most challenging for her, so she has been praying for God to take her through this when the time came for her sister and best friend to transition. She reminded me that so far He has been holding her up.

I feel fortunate to be born into a family where values are inculcated in our early childhood. Making the right choice of the right life partner and our family values influences our walk of life. When you become cognizant of how you spend your time and what things you value the most are, you become aware of the choices you make, and you spend your time differently.

Yes, I have a million things I could be doing this weekend, especially with me hosting the family reunion next weekend, but I thought it was important to check on my family in Chicago this weekend. Life is short, never miss out on opportunities to create meaningful memories with family.

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