we. are. family.

“In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.”
– Lao Tzu

always tell the truth
use kind words
keep your promises
giggle and laugh
stay happy
and be positive
love one another
always be grateful
forgiveness is mandatory
give thanks for everything
try new things
say please and thank you

we are family.
the threads we weave together bind some of us by blood and others by star dust.
some families are born. others are blended.

today, on this last day of august,
i am thankful for all the pieces of all our families.
on the cusp of a new month, a new dynamic, a newness of tradition…
i acknowledge that we are one that comes from many.

we make room for each other, in all our differences and similarities
respecting our pasts as a part of who we are.
looking forward to the future of who we will become…. together
families create stories of all shapes and sizes.

through choice and respect, we make space for each other.
i find the child’s perspective most welcoming,
for children are open and receptive to love and newness
how do you define family?


“the family. we were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.” – Erma Bombeck