Today is International Day of Families! I talked a lot about last week on the blog and I am really grateful that we live close to both of our families and get to see them often. We don't always get along, but we have a lot of fun! Our families have a huge influence on our lives, I don't know what we'd do without them!
They teach us valuable skills - We've both learned how to do a lot of different things from our families over the years. Joe's dad is really great at home improvement projects and he's helped Joe out a lot as he's learned to run a business, do his finances, etc. I mentioned last week that I learned a lot from my mom in the kitchen, and she and my dad have been great to teach us the things we need to be responsible for ourselves in life. When I was a sophomore in high school, I really wanted to paint and redecorate my bedroom. My dad and I spent a week sanding, priming and painting together. A lot of these things have also taught us to work hard and be independent.
They are there to support us - When we told them we were buying a house, within a week, they had all driven past to see what it looked like. They've given us great advice and helped us brainstorm ideas to make the house better. When Joe decided to start a lawn care business (both times), his dad helped him work out little details. When I decided to go to school spontaneously (both times), my mom was excited for me and helped me figure out everything I needed to do to get started.
Family time is important - Every Sunday we spend a couple of hours with both of our families, eating food, laughing until we cry, telling stories, talking about important life topics, learning more about our family history, etc. Time together keeps us close as a family, we make a lot of memories and we're focused on the most important relationships in our life!
We still learn from them - Both Joe and I value our parent's opinions and turn to them for advice often. Just because we're adults and have moved out and started our own home doesn't mean we are done learning from them.
How has your family influenced you?