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11:27:00 AM Brooke Neal 9 Comments

Home. Where is home?...my daughter and I were discussing this tonight as she was having one of those "I hate being so far from my family"moments.

I get comments all the time from people who "wish" they had our life, or see our life as one big adventure. They are jealous (in the best way) of all the travel we do and oh, the praise I get for raising children with a world awareness. It's true, our chosen path has been and continues to be an adventure. We are blessed with travel privileges and my kids are benefiting, but there are trade offs to be sure! I have often pined away for the stability of living in one spot. Surrounded by family, hosting holiday dinners, attending special events and actually being a relevant person in the lives of my nieces and nephews.


We really have no place to call home. We have no place to return to. Yes, we can crash at Nana's, Grandma's, Aunty K's, Papa's,  Leslie's, Nate's, or Aaron's (thank goodness we have a big family), but there is something about having an anchor, your own anchor. Creating meaningful relationships is not done easily with only snippets of time each summer. It is trendy to say home is where your family is, but what happens when your family is NOT in the same spot?

The photos in this post were taken over the summer while visiting my mother in Wyoming. Cokeville is not home, but it's the closest thing to stable we have for now.  I grew up visiting my grandma here and now I take my children there. It's a small ranching town short on entertainment and restaurants, but it is a place where we can slow down, breath deeply, ride the 4 wheelers, float down the river and hike in the clean air.  And for the time being it is the place where we will foster relationships with those cousins we only see during the summer.

9 comments:

  1. The horse riding looks so fun!
    Thanks for linking up!

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  2. looks like so much fun! love that fluffy cloud shot!

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  3. Hi,
    Home is where the heart is, and this looks like a great place to be home.
    Have a great day!

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  4. The world is your oyster. You are a citizen of the world. I am one of those who's a bit envious of you and your travels.

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  5. Great pictures and thought provoking post. I think home is where you make it and what you want it to be - and that doesn't always have to be somewhere that stays in one place :) #LTTL

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  6. I think maybe the desire to have a stable place to return to and commune with the family is also cultural. In our case it is very important, and we are amazed with those people who transfer homes very often without feeling sentimental. Our people are known to be in many countries around the world to earn a living for their families back home, but still no matter what they experience in far away lands, their stresses are relieved when they think of their strong base back home. If it is really true that there are past lives, then maybe you have yours as nomadic people and you still have a lot of things to learn from that lifetime. Or maybe that is the best lifestyle you want for your soul. And yes just like some commenters, i am envious too! Take care and God bless.

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  7. You have the life many people wish for...but as you say, there are advantages and disadvantages. Stability is important for kids but I believe that stability can come from a safe and secure nuclear family regardless of where "home" is. Your photos are wonderful and you've captured the essence of your close-knit family.

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  8. I can totally understand who being a little bit rootless can be a challenge but it is funny I think that you miss that and yet I would happily swap for new horizons. I guess that is all part of human nature

    mollyxxx

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  9. Wonderful photos, each and every one.
    Please come share at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/10/poor-little-birdie.html

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