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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Family

They lift you up.
They let you down.
They make your head spin and eyes roll.
They borrow money you know you'll never see again.
They lend a hand when you need it most.
They are heirlooms and hand-me-downs.
They know you better than anyone else and can hurt you like no one else.
They make you laugh and not just chuckle, but full on tummy holding, side aching, tears running down your face laugh.
They make you cry by opening old wounds or creating new ones.
They are birthday parties, summer BBQs, college graduations, weddings and anniversaries.
They are home runs, three-pointers and touch downs.
They are teachers and confidants, cooks and built-in babysitters.
They manipulate, calculate and complicate.
They share your secrets, your history and your eye color.
They are your past, your present and your future.
They support, frustrate and hog the bathroom.
They become estranged and then they reunite.
They are game nights and pancakes and holiday traditions.
They are baby bottles, pizza deliveries and mom's famous casserole.
They talk, listen, yell and argue.
They celebrate.
They grieve.
They remember.
They hurt.
They hug.
They are a force to be reckoned with.
They are aunts, brothers, nephews, sisters, fathers, cousins, uncles, brothers, in-laws, grandparents, nieces, and mothers.
They are home.
They are family.
They are love.

Family is everything.

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11 Comments:

Blogger Jen said...

This was a beautiful post. :)

October 12, 2010 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger KLZ said...

They really are everything there is.

October 12, 2010 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

Perfect!
Family, exactly.

October 12, 2010 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

and, unfortunately, they can't be chosen much like our friends. :)

October 12, 2010 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Call Me Crazy said...

That is awesome.

October 12, 2010 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

This is very sweet. I'm glad u are my family. Did you write it?

October 12, 2010 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Sophie said...

Lovely post Tonya xoxo

October 12, 2010 at 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Carolyn (temysmom) said...

This is what I wished my family was growing up. Now I'm hoping it's the kind of family I will be giving my children.

October 12, 2010 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger I'm a full-time mummy said...

Beautiful post!

October 13, 2010 at 12:39 AM  
Blogger Catheryn @ PinkBibs said...

Very meaningful post! Each & every word of it.

October 13, 2010 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Tough Cookie Mommy said...

So true, you have to take the good with the bad because, in the end, they are still your family.

October 16, 2010 at 12:55 PM  

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