Family: A Sure Foundation

Happy Monday to you all.

This past weekend was one full of surprises: literally. 2013 continues to be absolutely ridiculous, full of craziness, great and wonderful things, and the Aaron family really coming into their own, even if it’s spelling itself out differently than the Fantastic Four had anticipated.

The year has blown by in grandiose fashion offering new careers, cross-country moves, surprise birthday parties, IRONMAN, new furry family members, and a whole slew of other life events. My life has been busy, but sitting down to a family powwow truly revealed that 2013 was going to be one for the history books in the lore of the Aaron’s legacy, mostly for better – only a tiny bit for worse.

The thing that amazes me is how we all stick together, supporting and maintaining each other to the best of our abilities, come rain or shine. Granted, family relationships are never head-butting free, but one would be hard pressed to find a better support structure than within their immediate families.

There are no greater people to have rally to your side, support you through the good and the bad, or just to offer a listening ear to you. I take family for granted many, many times, and now that they’re all going to be 3000 miles away from me, I’m not really sure how to handle that. Friends let you down and disappoint you, family does too, but family members are the ones who are always there regardless. It’s in the job description :-)

I think of my (nearly) 27 years on this planet, and how it all revolves around my experiences with my family. Birthdays, road trips, dinners, gatherings, movie night, going to see plays, the holidays. The list goes on and on and on and on… Perhaps the greatest thing about family is that they appreciate you for who you are. All 100% of you. Sure, you may bite your nails or struggle at keeping the dishes at bay, but you’re always one of the team as long as you carry your fair share of the weight as well.

The strongest foundations weather the toughest storms (minus the Tacoma bridge). Isn’t that a relationship worth nurturing?

As we rapidly head into the final quarter of the year, it’s my goal to really make the effort to stay connected with my family and increase the strength of our foundation. We’re definitely going to need it…

I am still trying to settle back down into a normal routine, to recover my free time, genuinely relax, and actually stay rested for an entire week. I am desperately trying not to make plans for October, since September is already 50% full. Once fall sets in, things should be more relaxing, and I hope to keep it that way.


Fall is my favorite time of year. It’s warm, but not hot. Things are busy, but not stressful. Adventures are plentiful and time with friends is usually fulfilling. It’s a wonderful time of year (for those not in school) and I plan to make the most of it.

Strong family support will get you far in life. What do you rely on for your foundation?


  1. Always good to see you, Russell. :) I appreciate how our friendship has grown over the past 15 (GASP!) years with your family. And remember, you still have family friends in Vegas. <3

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