Every Family Has a Culture.
I’m not talking about being half Italian or Australian or of African descent… although that certainly plays into it.
I’m talking about the culture that is unique to our individual homes: the traditions, the things we do, the things we don’t do… these all combine to make us uniquely us.
Many modern families think, “We’re so busy all the time. We don’t have time for traditions and culture and all that stuff. We just have to get through our to-do list today.”
If that is you, my friend, then busy-ness and being in survival mode has become your family culture.
Like it or not, our children aren’t going to remember all the grand plans we had of things to do “someday.” They’re only going to remember what actually happened. (I know… I’m disappointed about that, too.)
One day, you and your children are going to look back on these days that are happening right now. When that time comes, I want you to be able to smile and say,
“Those sure were the Good Old Days!”
This blog has the encouragement, the tips and the tools you need to make that happen.
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The Story that Defines My Family’s Culture
Hi there! I’m AlinaJoy Dubois and I understand what it’s like to have a long to-do list. I’m a wife and a mother of 5 children. We live on a farm and we homeschool. (Yeah, I know… There are only 4 children in that photo. Taking a family picture with the new baby in it is somewhere on that long to-do list I was telling you about…)
Who We Are & What We’re About
Back in 2010, my husband was spending 2 hours each day commuting to and from Dallas, where he worked as a software engineer. He left home before our children were awake and arrived again in the evening after they had already gone to bed.
Our family culture was that we only saw our husband/father on the weekends. It wasn’t good for anybody.
He realized he was missing his own life. One night he made an announcement that would turn our family absolutely on its head. You can watch the video below to find out what he said and what happened when he said it.
In those very early days of farming I blogged to help advertise our farm, but over the years I started writing less and less about what was happening outside in the gardens and wrote more and more about the amazing changes that were subtly happening inside our home. Our family was changing and defining our own – very unique – culture!
- We are a family that makes crazy sacrifices so that both parents can be home with our children.
- We are a family that eats waffles every Sunday that Papa makes for us using his secret recipe. (The secret recipe changes every week!)
- We are a family that likes to go camping (but only if our vintage, found-on-Craigslist pop-up camper counts as “roughing it”… Mom’s Rule!)
- We are a family that cares about people and we actively look for opportunities to give people a surprise blessing.
- We are a family that doesn’t have our act completely together, but we overlook the imperfections and love each other anyway.
Pour yourself a cup of tea and wander around our site. I think you’ll like us! We’re real, ordinary people, trying to do our best at life just like you.
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