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Friday, August 13, 2004


Definition of Family

I just finished reading the wonderful book, No Ordinary Lives: One Man's Surprising Journey into the Heart of America. The author, David Johnson, is a reporter with the Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune. For the past twenty years, he has written a weekly column called "Everyone Has A Story" for which he selects his subjects at random from the phone book.

One of his columns told of a young couple, Eric and Kim Engle, and their four children. Johnson asked the family if they could define the concept of family. This is what they composed:

A family is the people who will love and be there for you no matter what. They are there to pick you up in hard times and to share your joy. You never give up on them and you'll do whatever it takes to stay together; such as compromise, communicate, sacrifice and most of all, love one another. A family is your heart and soul next to God.


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