I grew up in central Illinois with cousins & aunts & uncles & siblings & grandparents at every turn. I learned early that family is
about love; it is about tolerance; and it is about kinship. During my darkest days, it is my family that buoyed me. My husband, my kids, my in-laws, my sisters, my mom, my dad, my aunts & cousins. They dropped what they were doing and came to my rescue. And they know that I would do the same for them.
Family is complicated. It is intense. And it is offers the world’s greatest joys and greatest hardships. For me, my little core family is at the center of everything. Nothing is more important.