My Different Families

After returning from Shaklee’s Global Conference and having an amazing time with friends, it got me thinking about all the families that I am a part of: my husband, kids and grandchildren, one parent, brothers and sisters, and nieces and nephews–each blessing my life in a unique way. And more blessings come from our family of friends, our Israel trip family, church family, former colleague family, and our Shaklee family.

At the conference, many of the speakers talked about how Shaklee products had greatly affected their families.  Because of better health, especially with Healthy Weight Cinch success,  they could now see an active, healthy, and thriving future with their families. One couple shared how even though they had already gone from “rags to riches” in life, their lives had no meaning and ended up in a wild, going down lifestyle.  Their Shaklee business gave their family purpose and meaning with goals bigger than themselves. Another man shared how the Shaklee business had belonged to his parents and now his wife, children and grandchildren are blessed by both the products and the business.

One of the highlights of the conference each year is watching The Barnett Family.  Each year Roger plays the piano and the children perform–this year with singing and guitars.  So. . .precious. Roger also played the piano for Emmanuel Kelly who sang the song “Imagine.” When you watch this you tube link, imagine Roger at the piano. Emmanuel’s childhood story and rescue is so touching–be sure to have the tissues close by; he has no hands and no feet because of the Iraq war.

The most amazing story of family came from Sarah Hein. Take a moment to watch the story of their Shaklee life, but call me or email me if you want the back story. Their life looks like “Little House on the Prairie” now and there is a good reason for that. Sarah told us how her faith in God and the “Little House on the Prairie” book series took her through a devastating childhood and incredible hardship. I’d love to share more, just ask.

So this week I am thankful for my many families! We went fishing with grandson Henry John and to the beach with Megan and Henry; we have a new great-niece named Sophia Joy; we celebrated last night with part of our Israel-trip family; friends came to the cottage this summer; and I enjoyed the Shaklee family at conference. Blessings abound!


4 thoughts on “My Different Families

  1. Those are beautiful blessings shared, Ann! When we focus on the gifts God gives us we can’t help be filled with joy! Thanks for sharing … You are one of my blessings.

    • Thanks, Melanie. It’s exciting to think about all the ways God has provided specific people and groups of people at just the right times for the circumstances and events in our lives. Amazing!

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