Things I Love About the People I Call Family

It's really, really easy to take the people in your life for granted. And yet, the moment they're gone, we suddenly have a renewed sense of gratitude for their presence in our life.  There has been significant movement in my family and friends of late: arrivals and departures, shiftings and endings, as well as entirely new – and more authentic – ways of relating. As such, I've been reflecting much on what I most relish in my moments with loved ones: sharing meals (we eat well, my chosen family), laughter (my sister gets to laughing so much she's crying, and it's contagious), sharing adventure (in so many ways), sharing magical moments (it's what I live for), sharing the load (parenting, house projects, cooking)...in short, sharing life.

This post is an homage to those closest to me, the ones I call "chosen family".  It only skims the surface of the depth of gratitude I feel for them, these co-teachers who are helping me evolve. We've clearly known each other for many a lifetime...and I hope to know them for many more. Thank you for co-learning the ropes with me.

 Dinner parties with chosen family is definitely at the top of the list of things I love.

Dinner parties with chosen family is definitely at the top of the list of things I love.

 Dad hammock time.

Dad hammock time.

 Family holiday fun...with horses! Two of my favorite things, combined.

Family holiday fun...with horses! Two of my favorite things, combined.

 House painting with friends at their farm.

House painting with friends at their farm.

 Group cookie baking.

Group cookie baking.

 Learning the ropes of parenthood in tandem with my sister.

Learning the ropes of parenthood in tandem with my sister.

 Boating at Camp Campy Camp in Maine.

Boating at Camp Campy Camp in Maine.

 A special moment with Grandpa.

A special moment with Grandpa.