Day 24: 100 Days
When you get this, I will have spent the last 4 days with my family of 5 plus my 3 siblings, 8 nieces & nephews under the age of 10, 4 dogs, and my parents at a Lake House in WI. We've camped a lot together but we always have our own sites that we escape to if the dynamics get to be a little much. At the time of this writing I'm not sure how it went in the close quarters of the Lake House, but I do know that relationships in families can be tricky. I know that we each have a tendency to fall back into the old roles - for me it's first-born daughter, oldest (most responsible, slightly sassy, creative, ring-leader, super fun, most awesome *wink*) sister ... and maybe other old roles. As I write this ahead of time I'm a little anxious about the dynamics. I know that family is messy. I know that I love them. I know they love me. And I know all that love doesn't always come out right.
This is what intentional family looks like to me right now and the mindset I've taken with me to the Lake House. I know who I am. I know where I've been. I know where I'm going. I will continue to cultivate my own character. And I will choose Love knowing that sometimes Love gets quiet, sometimes Love is best from a distance, and sometimes Love keeps trying.
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