Five Minute Friday — Belong

It’s Friday. And even though I’m on a family vacation with the grandkids, today’s prompt was so appropriate I felt compelled to jot down five minutes worth of words.

The Friday task is to write for just five minutes on a common prompt. The idea came from Lisa Jo Baker ( and has evolved into a hundreds strong writing flash mob now congregating on Facebook (https://

This week’s word is BELONG. The timer is set and it’s time to START

Traveling with 10 grandkids from age 1 1/2 to 18 is, well, challenging. Each of them, from three families with three sets of rules and codes of conduct, are eagerly trying to fit it with their cousins on this mini-vacation … each trying to belong.

They do, of course, but they haven’t quite figured it out. That was one of the purposes of this trip … to let them know they are loved … that life is bigger than just themselves … and they belong to a greater sphere than their own little world.

Thus far, I think the week has lived up to its billing, starting with a graduation party last weekend with way too many family members than they even knew they had … to visits to an instructional league baseball game to see yet another cousin … to helping me pick up and deliver  my newspapers … to the fun of the Jersey shore and nightly recaps at the motel pool. Tomorrow its off to Carlo’s Bakery and an afternoon in  New York City before the  junket ends Sunday.


They are tired … and tiring. But they proudly belong to me. What more can you ask for?

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Many people are not considering Christ because they’ve never seen an alternative in someone their own age who is really living for Christ, demonstrating the difference.

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4 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Belong

  1. Anissa says:

    I love that you’re showing your grandkids that life is bigger than themselves! As a new mom I hope to show my daughter and all her future siblings that they belong to something much bigger than themselves. Thanks for sharing your journey!!


  2. June Rairick says:

    Ahhh, the beauty of being a grandparent! You get to make memories with the kids and when you are tired, hand them back, LOL! Loved what you said about kids from three different families with three sets of rules making sense of it. Quite a struggle for little people I am sure!


    • Yes it was. But we were able to turn little disagreements into teachable moments. As we end our junket, I think they really had a good time and generally learned the meaning of the word compromise. And now to give them back!


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