People ask me often why I moved to New Brunswick from Saskatchewan. There were a few reasons, but the most important one was to be closer to family. I was “out west” for 11 years. Last year my dad passed away, and it was then that I started to realize how important it is to be close to family. My girls are growing so fast, and I want them to be able to see their grandparents and other relatives.
Especially their new baby cousin, Benjamin. He was born in March and I was itching to meet him and of course take his picture. I got to do lots of that this summer, but it wasn’t until last month that I got to take their family photos, officially.
My brother and I weren’t all that close growing up. There are almost four years between us and we spent much of our time picking on each other or being annoyed with one another. But as we grew older we started to understand that there is nothing that can replace family. Having a sibling is a privilege. We can be there for each other and help each other out. We can share memories from our childhood, and laugh about things that no one else gets.
Christmas is the time when being around family means the most. I have spent years without family around and I definitely cherish the times I get to spend with them. We have to carry on our dad’s traditions and pass them on to our own kids. Candy dishes full of treats from the Scoop N’ Save, Air Supply and Sesame Street Christmas playing on the record player, ham on Christmas Eve, wrapping my mom’s stocking stuffers, and so much more. Most people won’t understand why these things mean something, but to us they are everything. And now we can make new traditions, like hot chocolate together on a cold day, going to the Santa Claus parade together, sledding and sleepovers.
So getting to take these photos for my little brother and his family meant everything to me. I am so happy to have them near and to spend the holidays with them. I hope you are able to be around the people you love this Christmas too xo.