Cliff: Lubbock Branch

The Cliff Family.  
Lubbock, TX branch.

Fun together time – just us –  is required. We all notice when we haven’t had enough. 
We laugh and squabble and laugh again within seconds.
We watch a lot of movies.  Not enough princess movies to make it fair.
We pray together but not before every single meal.
Goodnight kisses and special handshakes happen every night. Sometimes the parents rush through it.
We recognize each others strengths. We encourage.
We tease.  Sometimes too hard. So we apologize.
We love Jesus and trust God.  The kids sometimes have questions the adults can’t answer. 
All five of us scramble to clean the house before guests arrive.
We have grace with each other.  And then we don’t.
The kids learn from observing.  Then the kids act like the parents. Good and not good.
All of us dote on the baby Cliff.  She’s six and not a baby.
Card games end in hysterical laughter and high fives.  Other times in sore-loser tears.
None of us like green vegetables that much.  The mom tries to pretend. 
We all know we have it good. Very good.
We open our home to kids who need a temporary family. We love it. It’s hard and sometimes we complain. 
We love Texas, but the five of us could live anywhere. Together.
photos by Andy West

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