greener grass

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Is there somewhere you feel absolutely comfortable and at ease?  For me, that place has always been smushed between my brother and my sister.  The three of us have a similarly silly sense of humor, and coming together always means lots of laughter, inside jokes, and secret languages.
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My mom’s best friend (aka her sister) started having children when my brother, sister and I started elementary school, and our cousins quickly became like younger siblings to us.  Before they could question what was normal, we shared our silly secrets and expanded our trio to an incredibly happy sixsome.
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You can tell fate brought us Jon (my husband) and Daniel (my sister’s husband) because their quirky personalities make them a natural fit for our family. Where am I going with all this?  The eight of us got together for the Fourth of July, and the entire weekend felt like home.  I know, I know, a weekend can’t feel like home, right?  But the thing is, being with them – no matter the location – feels like home to me. photo (66)
Making something ‘feel like home’ is a pretty important task.  I grew up in Phoenix, went to college in New Orleans, and then lived in Mexico (volunteering), Chicago (graduate school), Wisconsin (husband’s job) and Minneapolis over a period of 5 years.  During that time, my parents moved to Washington DC, my brother graduated school in South Carolina, and my sister bought a home in Phoenix.  Jon’s family lives in Wisconsin and my grandparents and best friends are in Chicago.  Can you see how spread out my heart is?  The people I love are dispersed all over this wonderful country.
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I wish I could convince my nearest and dearest to buy homes on the same street as me, but it’s probably not written in the stars.  Instead, I find all kinds of happiness by bringing everyone together.  That picture above?  A little bit of the greatness – my sister’s husband, my sister, me, Jon, and my baby brother.

Where do you feel most at home?

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19 thoughts on “greener grass

  1. I love your analogy of a weekend feeling like home. It is so abstract, and yet so concrete. The message behind your sentiments to me is that it doesn’t matter where you are, but who you are with that makes home, well, home. And I love Jon’s shirt, that’s awesome 😉

  2. It’s nice when your house feels like a home, but I agree with you 100% — it really is where the people you love are. 🙂 Glad you had a great weekend!

  3. Whew you have lived all over! So glad you got some good time with your family and you were right at home 🙂 It’s so hard to be so spread out but makes those get togethers that much sweeter!

  4. For us too, having all the kids together at once is a rare and awesome thing. (It might just happen again next summer, and I’m already excited!) I can definitely understand feeling more at home with particular people than in a specific place!

  5. I’m so glad you got to have that time together! I take it for granted that most of my family lives within 5 miles of me! I always said I’d never move unless they all moved with me!

  6. This is SO sweet! What a beautiful family! And how awesome that you can stay so close and connected even though you’re far apart! Family is so important to me and Darrin. We tripped down to Iowa to visit his grandparents on the farm over the weekend, and there was a sense of “this is home TOO” that was really special. Love the pics, girly! 🙂

  7. This is so beautiful. What a perfect weekend! I completely know what you mean by saying a weekend, or certain people, feel like home. Home doesn’t have to be a place! I just love how you express these sentiments about your family that has to be spread about the country, and I can so relate.

  8. This is a wonderful question Jennifer – I would have to say at my parents place on the Cape or anywhere with my childhood friend (even when sitting in someplace new to us.) Your heart truly does lie in many various places, but I love that you are bring everyone together as often as you are able xo

  9. I would love it if all four of my siblings lived in the same city with me! It would make seeing them and all my sweet nieces and nephews so much easier! But they are pretty widespread (one in AL, one in OK, one in Europe, and one about to move to Asia). Someday maybe we’ll all live close together, haha! But until that day, anywhere that we are together, definitely feels like home. I know what you mean. 🙂 Glad you guys got together! Also, I love your dress! So cute!

  10. I definitely feel most “at home” when my whole big family is together. We all live relatively close though, so it happens fairly often. At least when you visit family you get to travel to fun places! 🙂

  11. I’m so with you on this…I always feel at home with my family, and I would love them to move in on my street! Also, your dress is SO cute!

  12. And now I feel silly for complaining that my family is 45 minutes away! But as a typical small town girl, I still feel most at home in my parents house and hanging around my small town. There’s a specific bridge I cross on a gravel road just before I reach my parents house that makes me feel like I’m finally there.

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