I will be honest this started out as a ‘Travel Tuesday’ post but a talk this morning with my husband inspired me to change the photograph to the one above. Which then made the post take a shift in gears to be edited and rewritten with a slightly different purpose. The focus being how my travel photos showed me what family is all about.
The photo above is one of my favourites from a vacation with my my family in the early 2000s. My father was a child at heart and loved taking us to the Disney parks. We have been to them so often through out our life in two different states and two different countries. I took this photo because I loved seeing how happy my parents were and how much they loved Ryan as the son they never had.
To be fair every vacation with my family has been like the one pictured above. To know that our time together is uplifting, encouraging, and memorable makes me realise what family is all about. Coming from a family where I can count the extended family members on one hand, I always thought I was missing out from what a bigger family could offer. Having married into a very big family, I realise now that it does not matter the size of your family it matters if there is acceptance, forgiveness, and love.
You do not have to question love. It is evident and present in the people who give it without question. Raising kids who question everything it is comforting to know that when it comes to my family that they only ask when my family is coming next and about what my dad was like in life. Fueled by so many constant wonderful memories with their Nonna and their Zia, I know that they will have such strong relationships with them as adults. I have seen what can happen otherwise and that is just a sad truth.
It makes looking through the old photographs from our past vacations and visits so wonderful. My photograph of my parents with Ryan at Disney is framed and displayed at our home. I am just so glad that as well as taking a photo of Minnie Mouse and the Dumbo ride that I got a photo of what really matters. Family.
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Photo included is my dad’s last trip to Disneyland with my family. Ronan was two and I was pregnant with Maddox at the time. Pictured here with my sister and our friend Austin.
“Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? so keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” Marilyn Monroe
|‘Something that makes me sad’ is not having my dad around anymore.
Not just for me but for my boys as they grow up.