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Your double family

November 13, 2015

 

I was reading back through some of my earlier blog post.  One caught my eye and stuck in my mind.  I was writing about our different families: those that we are born with, and then those that we choose for ourselves.  Beyond our spouses and our children, we also choose our families with the friendships we make.  Especially overseas, where we often live across oceans from our biological families, it is vital to create a support system for ourselves.  These are the people we turn to in moments of happiness and sadness, when we need social support and when we need companionship.  When our day doesn’t go quite right, or when we have an emotional issue, we turn to our family. 

 

I had written the original post when my hubby was in Afghanistan, and I was having to deal with life, kids, and just every day with only skype calls from him.  It was hard.  And then I started making friends and reaching out to those around me.  Don’t get me wrong, it was still hard.  But it helped immensely to share my burden, even as I helped my friends share theirs.  Turns out, if you reach out to help another with their load, it lightens your