Monday, June 23, 2014

Family and Home {and a review}

I don't think that anyone will argue that family is important. And there is more to family than just blood. My family is a diverse collection of blood, marriage, and friends. As my parents only child together, I always wanted a big family when I grew up. But I also learned in high school that you can make a family out of your friends. Being a band geek, we had a family. We were together all the time. And for 5 months we were with each other more than with our "real" families. I still have people who are family from those years in my life. Brothers and sisters who the years melt away with when we see each other and it's just like we never left. Then there are those work families. I was blessed for 7 years with the best family anyone could ever ask for. It was also home. And when I left there I didn't lose the family we had made. I still have it. And then I have my sisters. The ones that Holley Gerth brought together almost 2 years ago. If you don't believe that an online community can really be close and have real connections I am here to prove you wrong. Family is a mixture of blood and friends. For me that makes a world of difference.
Family that comes from friends is special. You make the choices that lead you to them. But then there is that one bond that links you with someone forever.
www.atlasgirlbook.com
John and I have an amazing family. We have four boys of our own. Two of our dearest friends are his sister and her husband. We are close to his parents and my mom and working on re-building a relationship with my dad. We have built a home where all of those people are welcome at a moments notice and no matter what my home is where ever John and the boys are. We have not traveled that far away from home but I know that where ever we do go, I am taking home with me.
I just finished reading "Atlas Girl" by Emily Wierenga. Emily has traveled the world over, battled anorexia, and become the parent to her parent- all to find love, Jesus, and home. "Atlas Girl" is a memoir written with such care and love that you feel her story to your very core. I stayed up late, procrastinated on some important things, and could not put this book down. I cried, I laughed, and I loved the heart of this girl writing this book. I'm telling you that this book will change how you view home and relationships around you.

***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

7 comments:

  1. Love this! There is nothing like "family"!! God brings wonderful people into our lives - like you! :-)

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    1. Thank you! I am blessed to have you in my life and in my family. And to think it wouldn't be that way without an online community.

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  2. yes Laura your right, there is more to family than just blood. blood can isolate the other family members and its sad that you can't just love equally everyone in the family. i struggle being an outsider, an in-law and still be called family, its a double standard that over time breaks the family unit and builds walls. thanks for sharing and being an encouragement.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. I will be praying for you!

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  3. Laura,

    Nice to meet you. I'm hopping over from the Atlas Girl link up. Emily's book is poignant and touching, isn't it? I'm still finishing it.

    What a treasure that you and your family are close and that you have created a sense of community with so many people. It is a precious thing, that, and not something everybody has, I'm hearing. My man and I are thankful to be part of a community like that too, and try to pull others into that too.

    Have a great week,
    Jennifer Dougan
    www.jenniferdougan.com

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    1. It is a great gift that I have a great family and community. And yet rare. I am very grateful. Thank you for stopping by!

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  4. Love community in real life and in virtual life. I'll be attending the Declare conference and meeting some of the bloggers I've connected with and that is truly exciting.

    And having a home where people can feel comfortable to just drop in is such a blessing.

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