I call my mom every weekend, and as we talk about her week and all the family news, I struggle with my hurts. It is still strange to not have family Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations, and I feel the sadness when I see my family planning their events.
I am happy for them, but I am jealous, too. It is something I am working on.
At this point, I would share pictures of my family, but I don't share pictures of other people's children on my blog without their permission. Instead, you are going to get one of my favorite pictures of Katarina and me, taken two years ago at the last family gathering we were able to attend in Arizona.
I know family is not perfect, and even living in the same town does not guarantee that a lot of time will be spent together. But I still long for close relationships with my family, and I wish Katarina could grow up surrounded by her extended family and a lot of love. Right now, she gets the "a lot of love" part, maybe one day there will be more time with the rest of her family.
Do you have far-away family you miss?
*Apparently NaBloPoMo makes me write about all the feelings.