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One Big Family

During my pregnancy there was a point when my husband was watching my step and in gest said "mind up my 'family' is coming through". It was at this point that it dawned on me that wow we're starting our own family. We've created a lot of things together but this is by far our greatest creation. As excited as we felt about this we also felt a sense of fear of the responsibility of being parents. Surely we're not ready to nurture a child into the world when we're still discovering and exploring the world and the meaning of life ourselves? But as I have now discovered parenthood is just an extension of that journey and now we explore the world as a three.  

Since becoming a mum the significance of family has changed. When I got married to now becoming a mum I have learnt to appreciate the family I grew up in even more. As a teenager and a twenty something I was always off wanting to leave the house and discover the world. I think its only when you get older that you start to feel a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation for the meaning of family. The relationship I have with my mum, dad and sisters is like no other. You can create friendships with other people but this still never recreates the bond of a family tie and connection. That's why I love Christmas time and the opportunity to spend time with the family. If there is one thing we all have in common it's family. Whether we are with our family, separated, estranged, adopted or fostered. Family, naturally created or not, we all need and have it in some shape or form.