Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Happiness is... Family Time

My Family

I am very lucky.

Not only do I have an awesome family, but I've also been blessed enough to marry into an awesome family. A big, awesome family.

This Saturday the Davies clan and all its other tribes descended onto a quiet family home in Gloucestershire for its annual 'family day'. We ate, we laughed, we chatted and we played games. We initiated a new member (for whom it was probably quite intimidating!) and we spent time with grandparents, great grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins, brothers, nieces - you name it, we had it. And despite there being a house full - we calculated that - for various reasons - there were still 11 adults and two children absent from the celebrations.

It's at these times that you realise the importance of family.

Whatever your family looks like - small or big, near or far, blood or not - these relationships shape you and your life. They encourage you, build you up and give you something to belong to.

Family is a sense of identity.

Family is a sense of belonging.

Family is where you came from, and it will hopefully be where you end. But your legacy will go on in your family long after you're gone.

Family is important.

"God sets the lonely in families" ~ Psalm 68:6

So much so, that when God sees lonely people, he sees family as the solution - whether they be blood related or not, nuclear or not, community based or home based - there is family for everyone, if only we would seek it out and place value upon it.

I am eternally grateful for my family and for the family which I have married into. I have been blessed with supportive, Godly parents, I love my siblings dearly and I've then been given three extra brothers plus their wives and children and countless aunties, uncles and cousins to boot. I will never be without support, my daughter will never be without support. I have been welcomed and adopted into this extended family through marriage and for that I am grateful.

I am grateful that my family values family, and that we have these opportunities to get together and to learn from one another and encourage each other, to have fun with each other, to joke and laugh and to support each other. I hope that I can raise my daughter in such a way that values family. This year I hope to invest more into my family - both at home and extended.

This is what makes me happy.

What family traditions do you have to ensure that your family unit (blood related or otherwise) stays strong? 

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