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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Kiss Kiss {re-post}

I've been thinking about my brother Greg lately..
this month makes 8 years since his death.
This is a post I wrote last year while at the beach and I just felt compelled to share it again.  The dynamics of our family have changed so much since last year when I wrote this that it just rings even louder to me the importance of seizing each moment.
Lord help me to not take this life You've given me for granted...


Some folks may say a kiss is a kiss is a kiss.
I would disagree.

There are so many degrees of a kiss.
The first kiss.
The good bye kiss.
The peck on the cheek- I'll be back soon kiss.
The "Oh my goodness I 'm falling in love" kiss.
The "You're so cute I could eat you up" kiss.
I could go on and on....

It is so sad to me that some people go through life without  a lot of kisses.
Our family is a kissing family.  We kiss all the time.
I kiss my girls.  I kiss my mom.  I kiss my grand-babies.
And I kiss my husband.  A lot.  I mean, kissing is one of our favorite things to do.
My girls have grown up seeing us kiss.  They have seen their daddy plant smacker-roos on me their whole home, in public, in the car...where ever.
I'm thankful they consider this the "norm" between a husband and wife.

Anyways, we've had a lot of kissin going on this week..

All this kissing got me thinking..
Yesterday was the 7th  anniversary of the death of my brother, Greg.
He was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of 39.
Oh, was he a kisser!  That boy was always affectionate.  
You were gonna get hugged and you were gonna get kissed when he was around.  
I miss his hugs and kisses.
I took them for granted.
I thought he would always be around with his infectious laugh that could always make me smile.
If I had known that was the last time I was gonna see him, 
I would have hugged him tighter.

So today, my advice to you is this..
Go kiss the ones you love.
Go give them a big sloppy smooch out of nowhere....
just because you can.

Stephanie :)   


  1. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for the precious reminder. Hugs and kisses.

  2. Wow, thank you for sharing! I'm big on kissing, too! It's such a great way to show love... I'm sorry about your brother. I have a handful of brothers of my own, and can't imagine how crushed I'd feel if anything like that happened to them.

  3. amen, sweetie.
    we were just discussing last night on the way to the meetings how we are a kissing family. :)
    my hubby's side, not so much...NOT AT ALL...but my side, oh yes!
    i'm thankful that we are a family that shows our affection in that way.

    thank you for re-posting this.
    i've never read it before.
    and i'm also very sorry about the loss of your brother.
    praise the Lord that you are using that experience in your life to encourage others!

  4. so sweet - kissing is the best. being kissed is the best...we are kissers too : )

  5. I am very sorry to hear of your brother, I couldn't imagine not being able to kiss my sister anymore. I am sure you are giving lots of angel kisses as well to your brother up in Heaven. This was a great post and brought a tear to my eye. I can't wait for my husband to get home and kiss him now!

    here are some bloggy kisses! xxx

  6. We are kissers too! Thanks for this beautiful is oh so short! I'm so sorry for your loss of your brother. Eleven years ago I lost my son at the age of 15 months, and I long to be able to kiss his sweet face once again.


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