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Spending time with family is very important to me….so much so that I hesitated when considering the military way of life with my husband.

I had a fear of being thousands of miles away from family and not being able to stay in touch with them.

I also had a fear of being pregnant in a strange place, about to deliver a baby with a deployed husband.

So far, none of my fears have become reality. (Knocks on wood)

Besides, you know what fear is, right?

False
Evidence
About
Reality

But that’s another post.  Let me get back on topic.

Now that we have a son, it’s important to me that he knows his relatives.  I always prayed that our son would have a great relationship with our family, regardless of whether we lived near or far.
I want him to know his Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and cousins and have good memories with them.

A little over a month ago, I went to visit family with our son and I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly he took to his grandparents.  His memory must be better than I thought.

He had a wonderful time with his cousins.  He laughed and played his little heart out.  He instantly connected with them and it made me smile that he was so happy.  He got a chance to go to the Fair with them and to Chuck E. Cheese, along with many other fun play dates.

One of the highlights of our two-week trip with family was the Skype video chats.

I was able to get my family and my husband’s family together for several group video chats with my husband.  A few of the video chats were a surprise to him.  It meant so much to my husband to be able to see our extended family, even if it was on Skype.

I encourage you to take some time today to think about your relationship with your family.

No one is promised tomorrow, so always make sure you let your family members know how much they mean to you.

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  • Amber October 26, 2009, 9:19 PM

    I am not a military wife so I do not have those same fears. But I do have many military friends and some famliy so I feel for you. I am glad you were able to get to see family and that your son took so well to your family.
    I like your anology for FEAR.

    I know we could do better when it come to keeping in touch with our family. Thank you for that reminder.
    ak

  • Priscila October 26, 2009, 3:55 PM

    your boys are so cute!!!!! You have a really nice blog and I loved reading your posts!
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  • SPEAKING FROM THE PEW October 26, 2009, 2:04 PM

    yeah! u r back! been wondering how you have been doing! your little boy is a cutie! we're lucky to have my family close but husband's family is in australia and they've only ever seen our son once 4 yrs ago and my daughter never

  • Christian Mommy Writer October 26, 2009, 5:23 PM

    @Proverbs 27:19 – Eight years is a long time! I may need to chat with you later about that…

    @Angi and MOMSWEB – I didn't coin that acronym and I can't remember who said it. I think one of my former Pastors coined that…anyway, it's a cool way of looking at what fear actually is. Maybe I'll write more about fear in a future post.

    @Speaking from the Crib – Yes I'm back and glad to be back. Thanks for stopping by! I've gotta check out your blog today.

    @Priscilla – Only one of them is my son. 🙂 The other one is my nephew. I'm glad you stopped by today. I'll check out your blog too.

  • MOMSWEB October 26, 2009, 1:06 PM

    I've never seen that acronym for Fear. Of course I wrote it down (smile). Thanks!

    You're right, family is important to me also. My husband's family is 12 hours away and mine is only 2 1/2 hours, so of course my boys know my side of the family better, but try to visit his family at least once a year.

  • AngiDe October 26, 2009, 10:27 AM

    I like that anology for FEAR. I'm glad I stopped by your blog!

    Visiting from SITS! I hope you'll come by and enter my giveaway!

    Angie
    Nana's Box

  • Proverbs 27:19 October 26, 2009, 9:52 AM

    You know I understand what you are saying as we spent 8 years in Japan! Two of our children were born there. My dad saw our oldest when she was three and our son whe he was one, for the first time!

    However, now we have been back for two years now and it's just like you said, they have connected with our family members in amazing ways.

    smooches,
    Larie

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