All right friends, I’m going to try to hit on an important topic today. One that affects us all, in various ways during various stages in life, whether as a helpless infant, an angsty teenager, a 30-year-old amateur blogger (that’s me!), or beyond. Have you guessed what it is?
If you guessed “donuts!!!”, you’re obviously a genius with smarts only surpassed by your impeccable taste in food groups! But no, sorry, donut lovers, I’m actually talking about something else in this post (although donuts will likely be a topic of another post sometime soon!). This post will be centered on ‘family’.
In the event that you’ve been too busy in your regular day-to-day life to keep up with recent events in my life, or if you’ve simply been living under a rock lately, I want to catch you up to date with something that’s affected my life quite a bit over the last several years — Anna and I have been living in Seattle, WA. And aside from my brother-in-law Ryan moving to Seattle a few years back (we faux bros lived only a few blocks away from each other and had an excellent run!), neither Anna nor I really had any close family members within a few thousand miles.
Fortunately, we found amazing friends in Seattle. This just can’t be underscored and bolded enough times (come on, WordPress…). Some were coworkers, some were housemates, some were neighbors, and some were generally free spirits too hard to pin down in a specific category. All continue to be beloved friends.
But, as this memorable television show intro reminds us all, family matters!
Anna and I value our family a ton. Here’s why: family is where everyone has grown up with you, so they all know what makes you tick. It’s where everyone laughs at even your worst joke about Indiana’s time zones, where someone’s liable to get bugged by a sibling for no apparent reason, and where everyone knows your greatest moments as well as your most embarrassing, and both make great dinner table conversation starters!
During our time so far in the midwest, we’ve had the privilege of staying with some family members, and grabbing a meal with others as we pass through their neck of the woods (or cornfields, in some cases). It’s been a fantastic experience to catch up with those of you who we’ve been able to see. We’ve attempted to get pictures of us with everyone, although we regrettably haven’t always done the best job remembering to do this when a large group of us is all together. Here’s a sample of pictures of family members we’ve visited so far.
We’ve been so far from family for such a long time, and we’ve really enjoyed getting to catch up with every one of you, plus the few of you who didn’t make it into a picture. We still have plans to see more family members along the way.
And, finally, here’s an inspirational family quote. “Siblings – Nature’s way of teaching you about fractions.”
Until the next post, ciao!