Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Very Special Guest

This weekend, we had the unique privilege of visiting with our youngest nephew, Liam. Little Liam was born on New Year's Day, and we hadn't been able to visit with him since then. He lives 7 hours away in West Texas. It was so fun to play with him and snuggle him close during his stay.

Recently, Brian and I noticed a distinct difference in our 2 families. I grew up with basically all of my relatives within an hour's drive. So, we never traveled much for the sake of visiting family, and we saw our relatives very often.

Brian's family is totally different. They are all spread out across the globe, and they only see each other a few times a year, if that. So, they come in and stay for long weekends and holidays.

That's a foreign concept to me, but a fun one. I guess there are gives and takes in both scenarios. If you live close by, you don't get the bonding time of staying in relatives' homes. But, if you live far away, you only see one another on rare occasions. Both scenarios make for their own dynamics. It's interesting.

I think I should've been a psychology student. People intrigue me. Relationships interest me, and I'm always trying to figure out why people are the way they are. It blows my mind, and drives Brian bonkers when I won't shut up about it. :)

So, how does your family operate? Are y'all close together or spread far away?

11 comments:

one of nettie's girls said...

Oh how I wish we were close to one another but my family is all spread out. By family I am talking about my sisters. My immediate family-our two grown children-live within 30 minutes of us and I am so glad for that. Being apart from my sisters is what has made it so important to us to have our two yearly events. Every April just the sisters gather for NG (Nettie's Girls). This year will be NG8. We are getting together from April 13-17 in San Antonio! I cannot wait. At Thanksgiving the whole family: sisters, husbands, kids,grandkids and sometimes cousins and friends gather for a two and a half day festival of food and fun and all things family. The past two years we have gone to Fin and Feather Resort in Oklahoma and have it booked for this year as well. These times are priceless and precious. My family is a treasured possession and I am so grateful to my parents for giving us each other.

Cheech said...

Lindsey, Jenny lives in D.C. and I miss her terribly!Julie and fam live in Arlington and just today I thought about how much I miss her not living here anymore. I made a cake and dinner and wished she was here to eat with us. However,I am so glad it is close and we see each other often. Better than Cost Rica where she once was. My son is here and we love that.

Bethany said...

I live in Ohio, my parents live in Oklahoma, and my brother's family lives in Kansas. My dad's side of the family is spread from Pennsylvania to Montana to Oklahoma. My mom's side of the family is pretty much all in Oklahoma with me in OH, my bro in KS, and one cousin in AZ. I'm very used to traveling to see family!

Carrie said...

Most of my family lives around the Houston area, with some living in Georgia. My husband's family lives in the Austin area,with some in Kentucky. I grew up seeing family often and since marrying, we've alternated where we spent Christmas. One year its Houston, the next year it's KY. I also love trying to figure people out and all the why's to their stories. I guess that explains why I took 9 hrs. of sociology classes at UT! It's fascinating!

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Whitney said...

Oh sister, how great it would have been if you had been a psych major with MEEEEE!!! We would have met at the very beginning and been best friends all through college. You basically made the biggest mistake of your life by not choosing Psych.

And that baby is precious!!!

And I like to live near family. Life's too short to not be with the ones you love.

Whitney said...

And I could people analyze all day long. In fact, some days I do.

Anonymous said...

Currently we are about 2000 miles away from Texas where we have 3 kids. We have a child in Colorado also. We live in New England. We have 2 kids here. Not long ago though, before we married last July, 2 of "my" kids were in Texas, one in Spain and I was in Asia....I've been as close as 10 minutes and as far away as 30 hours travel time. We've spent holidays together here and in Texas, and will, I'm sure, have many opportunities to build up frequent flier miles as our youngest is getting married in July & they will eventually live who-knows-where! Ah, God is good!!!

Cari said...

Up until four and a half years ago I lived very close to all of my family. (My sister did move to the east coast when I was a sophomore in high school, but other than that every one else was a stones throw away.) I loved having everyone so very close. The holidays, the birthdays, the drop-ins. Now that we are four hours away from EVERYONE (both mine and B's families), I have a different perspective. You're right. It does make the time so much sweeter when you are together. I look forward to Thanksgiving when my little house is crammed full of my parents and my brother and his family. It's hard being away & I still cry when we leave. Let's see... I'm beginning to ramble so I'll stop. Ha! Now I'm missing my family! ;)

Waiting for Bulgaria said...

My mom, dad, sister, and brother are all very close by. We see my sister and nephew about 5-6 times per week and my parents almost every weekend. My brother is 23 so it depends on his schedule. My husband's parents live close by and his dad is our pastor, so we see them every week. My husband's brother and his wife live nearby too, but due to a lot of things we probably only see them about 6 times a year. His sister lives about 3 hours away so it's harder to get together. All of my grandparents live about 20 minutes away and those of my husband's that are still living are about 20 minutes away also except for one who lives about an hour away. We see my grandparents quite often, but my husband's not as much. Wow, that was a ridiculous amount of information.

And by the way, that is one cute baby.

Sandy said...

For a woman, her lifeblood is her family. A man can pretty much live anywhere, but a woman needs her family. I'm so happy you have always lived close to your family. Blessings!