It seems like the last year has been a struggle for many…so here is a thought about family.

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“The road has often been rocky, but with your help I’ll never fall.
The love of my caring family keeps me standing proud and tall.
The guidance and support you’ve shown me is all I really need;
With all of you beside me, I’m destined to succeed.

I know that if I stumble, you’re all there to grab my hand;
No matter what life throws at us, as a family we will stand.
Your love has been my strength; a simple thank-you is not enough,
to show how I appreciate you being there when things are rough.

So, life isn’t always fair to us; maybe it’s not supposed to be,
But it seems so much more balanced, because you’ve been there for me.

Poem by Joey L.Eddins
Picture of Kelsie’s hand in her Godmother Kris’s hand


  1. Erin said:

    Although sometimes it is tears and a phone call to mom to please come down…. but that’s only every couple months when many things seem to fall apart.

    July 14, 2005
  2. Erin said:

    I know the feeling. You take it for granted when family is so close by. I didn’t realize how important having family around was until I moved down here by myself. And I was lucky because I had my friend Bill and his wife and Aunt Kris! Sometimes it does get lonely, but it has certainly taught me a lot! I can now stand on my own two feet and yell, "WORLD, here I am! I am ready to take you on! Come and get it!" He he.

    July 14, 2005
  3. La said:

    It’s 22 years for me and I don’t ever think you get use to it- you just learn to deal with it. Sometimes that is harder than others, especially when you are going through shit. There is light at the end- all you can do is believe, pray and go on one step at a time. Love to all.

    July 13, 2005
  4. kris said:

    Thanks for the picture – wish I could hold it for real (in a month I will) Laney Bird’s too. I do wish family was around the corner – you’d think after 17 years away from home i would get used to it! I suppose its just these last 4 years that have reminded how lonely I really am and have been. But we trudge on! I never forget how lucky I am with my family though.

    July 12, 2005
  5. La said:

    I think we all struggle from time to time but it is always nice to know- we are never alone (even though it feels it sometimes). All we have to do is reach out and someone is there. I happen to think we are so lucky with our family- we are truly blessed.

    July 12, 2005
  6. Erin said:

    Thank you for posting this! It is important to remember your family! They are your blood and they are the ones that will always, ALWAYS be there in your life for the good times and the bad. I love you all and I am sorry that so many of us are going through tough times. Remember that we are here. If I can help in any way, please do not hesitate to call.

    July 12, 2005

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