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It takes a village…

to raise a child.  And I’m so thankful for my village!


Both of our families are nearby and we rely on them for so much.  In the past few months, this has been especially clear.  A few examples:

My sister took Adam to see Thomas the Tank Engine and to the fire department’s open house last fall when I was working in the turkey barns.

Over Christmas break, hubby’s sisters came over to make cookies and paint with Adam while I put away Christmas decorations and reorganized the closets.

He spends every Wednesday with my parents, and lately, Tuesday and Thursday nights are spent with my in-laws while I go to prenatal water aerobics and hubby works in the barns.

Last Saturday, he went to Great Grandpa and Grandma O’s and played with cousins who were visiting from South Dakota while I went to the chiropractor.

And our family’s help isn’t limited to babysitting.  From remodeling the house and working on the farm to free lessons in accounting, our families are pretty awesome, and even though we don’t always make it clear to them (sorry, Mom!) we love and appreciate them everyday!


What about you?  Do you have a village?  Do they know how much you appreciate them?

Would you like to comment?

  1. I count on my "village" every single day...not for just physical help, but for emotional and spiritual help, and not just family and close friends, but all of the teachers, staff, and acquaintances who have helped us on this journey. I don't know if they all realize how much we appreciate them, but I sure hope they do:)

  2. What an amazing resource! My family is far away, and not only do I not have the babysitting and friendship I'd like to have with them, I worry that my sons won't be close to them either! What a blessing for Adam and Baby Brudder!

  3. It takes a village; that's for sure. You're blessed to have so much so close by.

    Creating a village when family is far away can be a challenge, but when it happens, it's no less of a blessing.

  4. You are a very lucky girl, and your son is a lucky boy. That is one thing I regret about us moving so far away, plus it would be really nice to have a babysitter on hand. Luckily we have met some great friends here. It does take a village!

  5. You lucky girl! It must be wonderful to have that kind of support. We've never lived near relatives, so I haven't had that kind of support -- but definitely emotional support from our families!

  6. AMEN to the village! It's probably the only thing our Secretary of State and I agree upon! (maybe an exaggeration!)

    YES! I had a village, and I still call on my peeps every once in a while. It also made me realize that I need to be a part of other people's villages.

    Water aerobics ROCKS when you are pregnant! I sooooo loved feeling weightless for even just a little while! Enjoy!

  7. Ok, girl...you are making me jealous! = ) We have zero family nearby...I would give anything to have someone I can count on close to us!

  8. Very happy for you to have your little village!
    wish mine was a bit closer, but that's what you get when you move away to a different country i guess....

    thanks for the post!


  9. Wow, you are so lucky to have family close by and so much help. We have no family on this continent, just friends.