S: Parrish Family 2011
BC: “If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.” | This book was created by Clarissa Van Zee, daughter of Peggy, grand daughter of Barbara, great grand daughter of Blanche. Summer 2011
FC: Parrish Family | Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.
1: This book is dedicated to James and Blanche Parrish. Their sacrifice, unconditional love and dedication for their family has been an inspiration for the generations of families created from them.
3: It doesn't matter how poor a man is; if he has a family, he is rich.
4: You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.
6: His heritage to his children wasn't words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and a father.
7: A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
8: The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. | A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.
9: “The house does not rest upon the ground, but upon a woman”
10: Mother | Father | A mother holds her children's hands for a while...their hearts forever. | He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
11: Siblings | They are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
12: Our family is a circle of strength and love With every birth and every union, the circle grows Every joy shared adds more love Every crisis faced together makes the circle grow stronger.
14: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.
19: Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades and friends - but only one mother in the whole world.
20: Family life is a bit like a runny peach pie - not perfect but who's complaining?
25: The great advantage of living in a large family is that early lesson of life's essential unfairness.
27: Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.