My husband and I will be going to Oregon for the long holiday weekend to celebrate with my nephew and his Dad in a town called Independence. From what I've heard it should prove to be a lovely small-town, home style celebration.
Independence, OR 4th of July parade
Who would have ever thought that it would feel so good to spend a holiday with my ex-brother-in-law? That I would be looking forward to how simple and freeing it is to know the time we spend with him is never chaotic or dramatic, just honest and real? That I know my nephew is right where he should be...
This year I will be celebrating the fact that I finally, truly broke free of the idea that family really ever had anything to do with where a person happens to land when they are born. Instead, family grows over time in a dynamic way and we get to choose who we bestow the title upon.
Have a wonderful 4th and take care of yourselves!