We were able to have Mike's parents over to celebrate Christmas this past weekend and my parents and brother are coming this weekend to celebrate. While it will be a bit different from our normal routine, I am actually looking forward to our first Christmas by ourselves!
During the holiday season I think about my family and who I have chosen to be a part of it. The Richard Bach quote, "the bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof", rings true for us.
For some reason, mostly by luck, Mike and I have had amazing people come into our life. Many of these people I call my family, yet, they aren't blood-related to us. When I am feeling sad and out of place, these people make sure to let me know that I am a part of an amazing family and that they would be sad to not have me in their life.
So, during this holiday season I have been surrounding myself with my family. Running through the trails, the roads, taking in the holiday lights and laughing with each other at holiday parties.
Taking in some holiday lights and seeing Santa! Photo courtesy of Steven
Since Mike and I rarely do anything the traditional way, it would only make sense for us to have a non-traditional family. And to be honest, I wouldn't have it any other way!