Some of you may know that Teri and I are parents to six grown kids. Our kids are all in their twenties and while some live close by, others do not. You might here us mention them in videos or blogs (Ashley, Lucy, Leah, Lillian, Stuart, and Morgan.) We are so proud of all of them and even though we encourage and support their sassy, independent lives, we also wish we could have them close by and see them whenever we wanted!
Even though our kids are grown, we’ve managed to maintain and create some rituals and traditions that help us feel connected and involved (without our being overbearing, nosey and intrusive!) We feed everyone who wants and is able to come by once a week. Our weekly family dinners are sometimes raucous, sometimes mellow and we never know exactly who or how many will show up so we make enough to feed a village. We know the leftovers will likely all be divided up and sent home with the diners, along with extra cartons of eggs, garden produce, and jars of goodies from our larder.
We also make a bit of a fuss over holidays and seasonal adventures. Even though our kids are grown and are forming new rituals of their own, we still make a family trip to the pumpkin patch. Somewhere around the middle of September, we all coordinate our schedules (this is getting increasingly difficult with work, school and personal schedules) and set aside a weekend afternoon in October to trek to a nearby farm. We do the hayride, load up on pumpkins and fresh-pressed apple cider, play in the mud, and eat warm spice donuts. We then come back to our house to carve up our jack-o-lanterns, bake cookies and share a big pot of stew or roast or some other Autumn craving. We tend to think of it as the first celebration in a season of celebrations!