Growing up I was surrounded by Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Grandparents, my family spent the majority of our weekends with our extended family. At the time, we lived in a suburb of Minneapolis so going north to spend time in small towns and at the lake with our cousins, well when you’re nine, well that is just simply the best. My Mother was close to her sister and so we spent many holidays, birthdays and vacations with my Uncle Steve, Aunt Nancy and their two sons. Their life was completely different than mine and thus, completely intriguing, fascinating, and coveted by me.
When I was in 4th grade my Father’s work moved us away from our home state and out here to Colorado. Sure I missed my friends, my school, the lush green woods of Minnesota, but the hardest part of leaving was moving away from all of my extended family. Family visited, and we would go back to Minnesota for visits when we could, but I felt a longing, I had an emptiness that would be briefly filled with a visit, but would fade when the visits inevitably came to an end.
As an adult I haven’t been back to Minnesota much, but when I do I’m so happy that I’m able to connect with my family so quickly, maybe it’s their Midwestern approach to life, a little slower, a little kinder. I don’t know, I just know that today my heart feels a little fuller; you see today I was able to be a part of my Uncle Steve’s 70th birthday celebration. He and my Aunt Nancy are out for a visit, and I chose this picture because I’m just so happy for my niece Tessa that she gets to know these amazing people too…
“Family, where life begins & love never ends.” unknown