|Our home away from home - Ani Villas, Thailand|
Nowadays that could mean several things to many different families.
|Our family gathered together.|
As humans evolve and as our individual and collective attitudes change in views and perspectives, so too do females and our roles expand or are restricted.
|Issa & Mahala|
Show and tell family trees have gotten a lot less clear and much more complex. As partners come together and drift apart. As choices vary, differ, and grow. As families form, inform, and formalize.
|With our parents & grandparents|
We ourselves are a single parent raising a single child in an extended family of shared homes within a compound and across the world.
Conservative and traditional family views and values were dropped and changed to accommodate this unconventional situation with the happy arrival of a baby.
|Our expanding brood.|
Typical to any extended family, each and every member has a vote and countless opinions - helpful or not, constructive or otherwise.
We are blessed to have weathered them all for the better, grown stronger and closer because of it, and been redeemed by our circumstances.
|Magic hour by the beach.|
Would that others reap the same benefits.
To all mothers and their brood, may we all prosper and procreate.
Happy Mother's Day to us all!
|Sun and moon and stars rejoice upon our birthdays - as we join hands in a ring and sing.|