Obviously family is a big part of our lives. Not just because we are working to build our own, but because we love our parents and siblings. It is also one of the most commonly asked questions. While there is obviously a lot more depth to our family than we can put into a post, we wanted to give a VERY general overview of what our families are like, and where Kristy and I fit into them.
I (Neil) come from a family of six kids, and am the second youngest (number 5 of the six). I have two older brothers, two older sisters, and a younger sister making for an even three boy, three girl split. My family is spread far and wide, with siblings in Texas, Utah, North Carolina, and (soon) Brazil, and my parents still live in Wisconsin where we grew up. Between the six kids there are twenty-three grandchildren.
While my family is fairly spread out, those who are close get together regularly for holidays and significant family events. We also have a running dialog through group messaging aps, phone calls, emails, and weekly update emails his Mom writes.
In addition, every three years we have a family reunion that every family is required to attend. The reunion is held at different sites every time and so far we have been to Wyoming, Missouri, and Colorado.
Kristy – always looking to find a way to one-up her husband – is the youngest in a family of seven. She has four older brothers and two older sisters. Much of her family is located in Utah, including her parents, though she does have a sister in Montana, and a brother in Arizona. Between the seven children there are nineteen grandchildren.
Kristy’s local Utah family holds weekly dinners, host movie nights, and attend various events often as a group. They also have reunions every other year to bring the whole family together. The next one planned will be at Lake Powell, and we are all thrilled to be spending days on/in the water.
So there’s a brief bit of insight into our roots, and our families as a whole. We would love to answer more questions about these amazing people, and hope to be able to bring another child into the fun, loving, and supportive clan.