“Family is the most important thing in the world”
What does family mean to you? What does it look like?
To me, it is my family of origin, my blood relatives, my two children, my son’s wife and their daughter, my granddaughter, Olivia Rose, and it’s so many other relationships I have in my life.
Hale, my love of over 11 years is family. He’s in this photo above with me on my birthday. We are getting ready to create a deeper sense of family, coming up this year of 2016. We are moving in to create a new home together, and have a closer bond as family. We have our grandchildren, Gavin and Phoebe, from his son Gabe and our daughter-in-law Anna, and her new blended family, including her parents, who include Hale and I as family.
I have many friends from as far back as first and second grade, Donna and Debbie, and Sharon since fifth grade, to newer friends I have made in the last couple years.
They all feel like family to me. I love deeply and I choose to stay in touch with all of these many people.
Family looks different to people. The versions we have created over the years can change.
I was talking to a friend the other day about what matters to me. She had me tell about all of my dreams and if I had a magic wand to wave over my life, what would be different. It was fun to have someone do the same with me as I do with clients I work with. Every coach needs a coach, or many coaches, right?
Family came up in so much of our conversation and how very important it is to me. I come from a big, noisy, fun, loving family. I have lived in a different state from my family of origin for 34 years. I’m the only one who moved away from Northwestern Ohio.
I miss many of the family parties and gatherings and I often wish I had that magic wand or I could twitch my nose and be there throughout the year.
What came for me, not living in the same area as my parents and siblings and their families, is a huge appreciation for all of them. I fly back for Thanksgiving and Christmas each year and maybe one or two more times during the year, depending on what is going on. Hale and I fly back in a few days, and we get to stay in the same home and same bedroom I grew up in! How rare and special is that at 60 years old?
As you think of family and who that is to you, I wish for each of you, to spend time with them, and appreciate the relationships you have in you life.
Leave me a comment about what family means to you!