Growing up I was surrounded by family. I had aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents who lived as close as 5 minutes away and only as far as two hours away. My childhood is filled with memories of family gatherings for holidays, birthdays, graduations, and just because.
We live far away from family now, and my kids don’t have those opportunities, so we create our own traditions. Sometimes they are on our own, but often they’re with our friends who we have come to love and appreciate like family. So when I start to feel sad that we don’t live near our families I remind myself how blessed we are to have wonderful friends to make memories with.