Pictured is my latest prayer flag for Family. We visited with extended family last weekend and it was another reminder of the important role families play in our lives. The definition of family has changed enormously in the past 20 years, so much that it makes me wonder whether we realize how vital the role of the family is in society. I live in a very family-oriented community and sometimes I get to know whole families who bring their children there for books, DVDs, and programs, which is very encouraging. But from what I hear in the news, it seems the family has taken a back seat to the individual. While individuality is important, we all start somewhere, and usually it's with people who love us and are willing to make sacrifices for us. So this week I created and hung my prayer flag to honor and value the Family. Below is a close-up of the flag so you can see the heart-shaped stitching to reinforce the fused appliqued letters and shapes.
Now I have three! Don't they look happy hanging together in the backyard?