This Beautiful Inheritance: Small Town Life: Big Family in a Small Town

Monday, July 29, 2013

Small Town Life: Big Family in a Small Town

One of the things that drew us back to our small town was our family. And when I say "family," I don't just mean our parents live here...

On my side of the family alone, our town includes grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, cousins-in-law, and more "little" cousins than I can even count up. And those that don't live here? They live a whole 15 minutes away. It's a real inconvenience. ;)

I probably have the closest "extended family" in existence. On my mom's side of the family, I am one of 17 grandchildren, and between us we've created 13 great-grandchildren (with two currently cooking in the oven). (Ok, maybe I can count them.) And almost all of us live in the same small town.

Me and my sister with six of our cousins' wives (this is only about half of the ladies)
I know it's weird. Trust me, I do. But I would not have it any other way. To me, it's the only way to do life. As family.

We all get together, not once a year on Christmas, but on numerous holidays throughout the year. And kids' birthday parties? I feel like there's one every weekend. So we drive down the street and go. Always.

My kids are growing up with third cousins who feel more like firsts. We have no need for "reunions" because on any given day, we can meet at the park, or the pool, or the Dairy Bar. And I find comfort in knowing that when they start school, or when they hit rough patches in life, they'll have cousins (more like brothers and sisters) there by their sides.

12 of the now 15 great grandkids on my mom's side of the family (two are in utero)
So call us strange or call us simple. I'd argue we're just smart. We know the best way to do life is together. So we stick around to do just that.

I'd now like to announce the winner of my "Blessings Jar" book giveaway. Congratulations Jacqi Raymond! I'll email you about claiming your prize.

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