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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Family

I come from a large family. I'm actually the youngest of 5 kids. When I was a baby my father and birth mother divorced. My sister and I lived with our grandmother for the first 5 years of my life, and in 1984 my dad remarried the woman I consider my mom. It was a modern day Brady bunch adventure. She had three kids of her own, and my dad had us.

There were good times and bad. Fights, arguments, and lots of love.

We've all grown up. It think, in a sense, we've all gone through our ups and downs of dealing with the mixed emotions of a blended family. I know I had to go down a road of personal growth, and get to know myself, my past (including meeting my birth mother), and face some differences of opinions and behaviors when it came to the family. There were hurt feelings, elephants in the room, and drama at times.

But, the fact is. They are my family. Family never goes away.

I'm so thankful for each of my siblings, and love each of them dearly. No matter how different we all are. We have one thing in common.

We are family.

As an adult I am surrounded with all of my siblings, and 11 nieces and nephews! The oldest just went off to college, and the youngest is toddlering around at a hotel near me this morning. I feel blessed to be near family, and feel blessed to spend a summer day in the sun with some of them today.

8 Comments:

At July 12, 2011 at 11:30 AM , Blogger Tiffany said...

Good or bad, family is family. It's the tie that binds us.
Have fun with your family this week. I'm sure the boys are loving it!

 
At July 12, 2011 at 11:32 AM , Blogger Mama Hen said...

Family iis so important! It is wonderful that you have so many family members around you. I am sure there are ups and downs, but family is truly the foundation. I hope you are doing well my friend! Have a great day!

Mama Hen

 
At July 12, 2011 at 1:10 PM , Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

Wow! What a big family! My family is getting together in a few weeks. I can't wait.

 
At July 12, 2011 at 1:53 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

I think you just read my mind. My sister that I am close with were just talking about how we are not super close with our older siblings. But you are right, its family and sometimes you just have to forget about the differences.
Hope you are having a wonderful time with your family!

 
At July 12, 2011 at 7:13 PM , Blogger Karen Mortensen said...

Very well said. Thank you.

 
At July 12, 2011 at 11:07 PM , Blogger Katertot said...

I can't tell you how much I needed to read this today. I'm 1 of 7 kids and am surrounded by my family. We are very tight knit but also have bouts of drama. Today I experienced one of those bouts and I've been struggling all day with it.

Thank you for posting this one. You're right. Family never goes away and despite the struggle, when it comes down to it, we all have each others back.

 
At July 12, 2011 at 11:27 PM , Anonymous viviene said...

What an amazing family you have! I'm glad there were more love than fights or arguments.

Celebrate family! Celebrate Love!


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At July 13, 2011 at 4:40 PM , Blogger Stephanie Faris said...

I grew up with stepsiblings and I learned family is the people in your life day after day, not necessarily those who are blood related. As I've gotten older, that "family" has grown to include in-laws and friends.

 

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