I come from a very large family. My dad has a brother and a sister that each have a few kids that also have kids of their own. My mom is the fourth of seven kids who also have kids and grandkids of their own. I am the fifth of seven kids who also have a bunch of kids of their own.
For those of you keeping score at home, that is a bunch of kids. All told I have 30+ cousins who almost all have kids of their own, and it is freaking awesome.
As kids we saw each other a lot but as we have gotten older we don’t see each other quite as often but it is still always awesome when we do. My sister was told that while we were together today all we would do is eat and chat and eat and chat and that is exactly what we did.
It really doesn’t matter how long we have been apart, I could spend hours with my siblings and cousins and aunts and uncles just chatting and enjoying a nice meal. I am so glad that we are now back closer to family so that my kids can make memories with their cousins like I was able to.
Family is just so darn great. I know I am exceptionally blessed in this area, but family can really come from anywhere, not just blood. When I deployed or have been on long trips it has been my crew that was my family. We have taken on our neighbors as family when we moved far away from our blood relatives and loved them just as much.
This world is full of amazing people worthy of our love and attention so find someone you love and tell them how much they mean to you.