Last Saturday my family and I packed up our car and headed to Bethany Beach, DE for a week vacation with my mom and my sisters and their families. I have three sisters and among the four of us there are 8 children plus two more on the way. The oldest is 13 and the youngest is 18 months old. My younger sister Alissa and I are both pregnant and due on the same day (amazing, right?!). There are so many kids filling this house – so much laughter and more FUN happening all around than I can possibly describe.
You know how they say “it takes a village”? Well, this is my village. Sure, it is absolutely crazy and totally chaotic around this house. My kids are in heaven with all of their cousins, aunts, uncles and of course Nana. There is always something for them to do and someone for them to play with. We are all naturally chipping in with cleaning up, feeding each other, and doing laundry. I have gone out for a run or walk every morning this week, never worrying or wondering what my kids are up to and when Robert was here (he had to leave mid-week) he even went for a bike ride each morning, sometimes while I was out running. While on the beach there are so many extra sets of eyes to watch the kids, extra people to take them into the waves, build sand castles, or go to the boardwalk for shave ice…and every act is filled with love. It is amazing to me.
This is what it is all about. Family. My village. I will be sad to head home tomorrow, but will look back on this vacation with such a warm heart and a big, huge smile. I can’t wait to get all of us together again.