Emilie Visits!


Grandma, Sophie, Emilie, Ben, Kelsey, Mom holding James, Aunt Ann holding Owen, Uncle Corey


Emilie and Owen


Emilie holding Owen; Uncle Corey holding James


Ben reading to Sophie

I love when the Mangan family comes to visit. They come in with a flurry of hugs and kisses and food (Grandma made a delicious blackberry cobbler with fresh blackberries from my Uncle Roger’s crop) and so much talking! Emilie, who lives in Kansas, had yet to meet the boys so I was so happy to see her and show them off. It’s always so quiet when they leave and I always feel a little lonely—even with three kids at home. But I guess that’s a good thing. I guess that’s love. And love them, I do.

“You’d have to go through at least four different hugs to get from the kitchen to the front room. Those relatives!” —Cynthia Rylant