As I go to my dictionary and look up family, Webster says that family "is a group of people who are related to each other".
Family is so much more than being blood-related. Family is there when you go through good times as well as tough times. Family is loving you, even when you are hard to be loved. Family encourages you to be the "best". Family is there to listen at times, instead of giving advice. Family is there to hold your hand and help you walk through the valleys.
Over the weekend, I listened to Kenny's aunts and uncle, who are in their 80s, talk about their years of growing up and how important their siblings and cousins were to their walk in life. The stories were so precious and so full of love for each other.
I have friends that really don't have any family members or they have families that don't care about being with each other. To hear that it just breaks my heart. Even though, Kenny and I don't live in the same state as our families, we talk to our family members(parents, siblings, cousins, aunts/uncles) almost weekly. My mom and I talk about 3 times a week and my sister and I talk almost daily.
We live in a time where communication is so available through phoning, texting, e-mailing, etc, but it seems as if nobody communicates any more.
I challenge you this week to contact a family member that you haven't spoken with in a while.
You never know what new "doors" this could open for you and your family!