Today I am thankful that I live driving distance from family.
While I do not live super close to where my parents live, I feel fortunate that I live a drivable distance from them. They live about 4 hours away and when they retire to their lake home that is being built, they will be about 3 hours away. I see my parents quite a bit in the summer as I go to the lake as much as possible, and I really treasure those weekends with my parents and siblings.
In addition to my parents living close by, I also have a brother that lives in a suburb of Minneapolis. They have done so much for me since I moved here 8 years ago and I so thankful that I have an immediate family member close by.
Also, I have my aunt and uncle that live south of St. Paul. I often refer to them as my "Minneapolis Mom and Dad". They are actually "St. Paul people", but I like the alliteration of "Minneapolis Mom and Dad". I have shared many meals with them, and they have been an incredible support system, especially over the last few years as I've faced struggles in both my careers and my dating life.
Sometime I regret not speading my wings and moving further away. But I don't regret any of the years I have spent in Minneapolis. By staying closer to home, I have had the opportunity to really get to know my nephews and niece, and I have grown closer to my siblings. At this point I figure I travel enough to make up for the fact that I did not move far away.
This weekend I will take advantage of the fact that I live driving distance from home and I will be going home for a friend's wedding. I am looking forward to sleeping in the basement of my parents home (I always sleep awesome there), a home-cooked lunch with my parents and grandma, and spending time with my friends at the wedding!
I don't know what the future holds - time will tell if I will always call Minneapolis home, but for now, I am enjoying it to the fullest!