My husband Dave promised my daughter Finlay a dog before she turned 11. I did not want a dog. Especially, the added responsibility of a dog. Our days were too busy already, and keeping the house clean was a battle we had lost three children ago. "Not to worry," my husband assured me. He would take care of the dog!
Maybe it's a fascination with what one doesn't have (we can idealize with Instagram). Still, it's hard for me not to think that mountain life is the pretty ideal way of living, and seems to have it all: natural beauty, endless exploration, casual lifestyle, activities galore, and even lakes, cities and quaint towns too.
Thanksgiving is almost here, and it's a time to be with family and hunker down for some great food and company. However, family, to me, isn't just about my kids and husband. It's not even just about my parents, brother, or grandparents. It's also about my aunts, uncles, cousins, and even those once or twice removed.