I grew up in a family with five siblings and more aunts and uncles than I can count on two hands. So I guess it’s no stretch that, between my husband and I, we have five children, all thriving adults. And seven grandchildren.

And we are very blessed that they all either live close by or only a couple hour plane flight away.

There are a lot of ways to communicate these days and we all use them. Email, text, phone. However, nothing keeps a relationship strong like visiting in person. And that’s what we do as a family each winter. We all go hole up in some snowed in (hopefully) cabin for three nights and catch up on everything that’s happened in the past year, even though we already know most of it. 

We decorate sugar cookies and eat too much. We play games like Pictionary, and Catch Phrase, and Chess. The skiers go skiing and the sledders sled. Oh, and we watch football. Lots of playoff football.

And on the last morning, we pack up like a well-oiled machine, give hugs all around, and return to our normal daily lives.

It is the weekend I look forward to the most each and every year. We’ve been doing it for eleven years now and I hope, on a very selfish level, this tradition continues indefinitely. I come away from the weekend with the knowledge that we’ve raised wonderful children. And they, in turn, are raising exceptional grandchildren. With all the depressing things on the news these days, it’s nice to have my faith in humanity restored by things like watching our eighteen year old grandson take time to play games with an eight year old cousin that adores him.

I’d like to know what kind of traditions you have. Whether you have children or done, what do you do to renew yourself and the people who are important to you? How do you keep in touch in today’s busy life?


8 responses to “Family

  1. It seems that in our ever busy lives we often forget or don’t make “making time” a priority- life happens so quickly, children grow up so fast and before you know it, there’s more regret about time lost than memories of fun times— one of my favorite things about our family cabin weekend is that we spend time together- actually hanging out together- cooking, playing games, revisiting memories and funny stories from previous years- because we are so busy and don’t get to see each other as often as we like, this uninterrupted time is priceless. I encourage everyone to do the same- it doesn’t need to be fancy, expensive or lengthy- maybe it’s a camping trip or weekend at Grandma and Grandpa’s house- just spending time together is what matters most!

  2. I agree wholeheartedly, Dawn. It IS priceless. 🙂

  3. We too are blessed with having kids and grandkids close. Or at least most of the time as one set is in the military. We have our holiday traditions and for the past couple of years have had a family dinner every other Sunday. Those that can make it do, which thankfully almost is always all of us. It’s informal, sometimes we have a quickie dinner and go to a movie. Or maybe the gals will go shopping but most of the time we just hang out. Surprisingly even our 16 year old grandson looks forward to dinner days.

    That’s quite a ‘cabin’ you had Laurie 🙂

  4. I love your twice a month family dinners, Lavada. What a great idea!

  5. What a wonderful family tradition!

  6. Thanks, Linda. We certainly enjoy it.

  7. What a great idea, Laurie. It’s really easy to lose touch.

    This Christmas I met up with a cousin I hadn’t seen in 35 years and it was so lovely. We chatted as if we’d never been apart and have agreed never to lose touch again.

    My mum, who lives a couple of hours away, is learning how to use a computer and has just got her own email. It seems really funny to see a message from her in my inbox, but it’s lovely to have that added way of keeping in touch.


  8. Ah, that’s so great about your Mom, Tricia. My Mom only lives 10 miles away and I see her once or twice a week. But we email every single morning to start our day. Good for your Mom for doing that! 🙂

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