When You Live Far Away from Family — Abby Off the Record

When You Live Far Away from Family

by Abby on November 16, 2012

Just Be EnoughOne of the blogs I read every time a new post hits my inbox is Just.Be.Enough. Sadly, there just aren’t that many places on the internet where the content, and comments, are consistently positive, thoughtful, and well-written. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve shied away from commenting or contributing to a blog because I don’t want to get caught in the crossfire of meanness and intolerance. (P.S. How glad are we all that the election’s over?!)

But when I read Angela Amman’s post about what it’s like to live near family in the same town where you grew up, I knew I had to write the other side of the story. It’s something I think about often: how would my life be different if I had chosen to live near my extended family? Click on over to Just.Be.Enough to read my post. Do you live near your family? Or far away? What’s the better scenario? I’d love to hear your thoughts, there or here.

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Carin November 16, 2012 at 8:07 am

I really enjoyed your post on Just be enough, and recognised many of the things you mentioned. We live in the UK, my husband’s family is in Irealnd, and my family is in Sweden. The first few years we were married we drove ourselves absolutely crazy trying to fit them both in during the holidays (my in-laws for Christmas, my family for New Year, then back to work absolutely exhausted). Now we stay put. There are days, weeks and month I wish, or at least wonder, what it would be like living closer to them. But we are settled here. And we can lead our own lives here, without getting sucked into family politics (too much). But yeah, babysitters are crazy expensive.

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Abby November 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I can’t even imagine having family spread out among different countries. Thanks for reading and commenting, Carin.

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Corey Feldman November 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I’ll check out your post. I always read that blog. So well done and your right, positive by nature.

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Abby November 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Thanks for your comments there and here, Corey. :)

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