If I don't have family around me, I feel hollow.
I adore my little family. Deon and Carter are my world, but I also need to feel the love of my extended family. Being that we're spread around Australia it's rare for us all to be together, but now when the opportunity arises for a chance to spend time with them I'll grab it as quickly as I can. I never used to do that, it seemed that in my twenties I didn't feel like I needed it as much as I do now.
In my thirties, I crave connections with my relatives. I find it incredibly important for my Little Lion to build trust and relationships with them, and to watch him reach for them with a beaming smile fills my heart up.
Spending the last week in this gorgeous coastal town with my Aunty, Uncle, Mum, Carter and Lanna has fed my soul. I feel peaceful and ready to head back and into my familiar routine, knowing that it won't be long until we visit again. I'm determined to keep connections strong, and surround Carter with the love of his relatives.
Besides, who wouldn't want to return to a place like this? The most gorgeous house and garden overlooking the ocean with hints of the Geelong landscape in the distance.. yes please!
Plus, I went to Sorrento and didn't even get to eat the best Vanilla Slice in Australia. I'm just a little bit devastated about that.
My heart tugs a bit whenever I have to say goodbye to my little sis, as I know a fair slice of time will pass before I get to see her again. I sometimes wonder whether we'll ever get to live in the same town again.. maybe we'll be old ladies in our eighties finally living in the same neighbourhood, popping over to each others house for cups of tea and macadamia cookies. Who knows?
But what I know right now, is that I feel content. My soul is fed, and I'll be planning another trip to see my wonderful extended family in the near future.