Ties that bind

We need each other. You need me (or someone, anyway) and I need you (or someone like you).

I’ve been thinking about the idea of family ties and how one makes them stronger. Does frequent communication do the trick- is it enough? Letters? Email? Skype? Phone calls? Blog posts about the family’s life? Reading your siblings’ facebook statuses? All are okay, but nothing beats actual time spent together in the same place.¬†You and I sitting together and talking- or even not talking- adds strength to our relationship. They say that kids spell love T-I-M-E, but in reality that’s how we all spell it.

I am gearing up for a family driving trip from here to northern Utah this week. There is much I could write about the painfulness of such an undertaking, but in the end all the pain is worthwhile. I get to be with my husband’s family- people whom I love and with whom I do not get to spend nearly enough time. We go to be there in person. There’s simply no substitute for that.

Maybe you’ve had that experience already this summer, as we did in June. Maybe you’ve travelled farther than you usually do and seen relatives you wish you could see more often. Maybe you laughed or cried together. Maybe you ate meals and took walks together.

Maybe you can count a strong family as one of your greatest blessings in life.

I truly hope so.

2 thoughts on “Ties that bind

  1. We are so excited for you to be here and enormously grateful that you are willing to make the sacrifice. We can’t wait!

  2. Too true! Just yesterday we had a peach cobbler in the oven and wished, badly, that you all still lived around the corner. We wanted to be social but comfortable and share the cobbler. We ended up inviting some people from church we didn’t know well and it was a nice evening but we got worked up beforehand, nervous, etc. We would have preferred family. There is nothing like being there, like you said. Good, good luck on your trip. You are Alpha Mom and it will be fabulous.

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