Not the season that just ended, but last, last summer– 2105– the summer when everything changed. The image above is an outtake from family photos that were outdated minutes after they were taken. Last summer we had six children at home, Abby and Lizzy staying in the guest room, Hansie around every single day.
There’s danger in waiting an entire year to put together a video. Sentimentality overruled wisdom and the footage extends three times longer than it should. We didn’t manage to take a family vacation between Stefan and Hansie’s missions, but we did spend plenty of happy hours together.
Besides the masses of Hansie footage, you’ll notice a few things:
- Gabe changed COMPLETELY. I promise you, this was just one year ago, but if you look at Gabe you’ll think it must have been three.
- This video features at least a dozen kids who are now serving missions. I’ll send a prize to the first person who can name twelve. Who am I kidding?– The only people who will watch this entire mammoth documentary are the mothers of those missionaries.
- I won’t lie, it was a summer of rollercoaster emotions. And it’s kind of nice that, looking back, all I see are people who truly love each other.