Monday, December 8, 2008

Stick Together Family

We found this phrase in a reader that we use for school. I use Pathway readers (HERE) and I love their sweet simple stories. I love how they reinforce values about respecting parents, doing what's right, consequences for bad choices, working together...you get the idea. In one of the earlier readers, the phrase being a stick together family really caught me eye. It is something we have often referred to as how our family wants to be. This phrase would be in our family mission statement. Working as a team. Meaning, when it is time to tidy up or put the dishes away or even bring in the groceries. We do it as a team. We stick together.

Though we are individuals, God put us together as a family unit. We don't tolerate not getting along, selfishness, or looking out for "ME". Even though the past 7 months, our family has not lived together under one roof, we are still a stick together family. Chuck could not be working where he is working if we weren't here supporting him. I couldn't spend my day schooling the kids if Chuck didn't support me.

I was reminded of this concept when I was watching a Little House episode with Tissy this morning. Pa had lost his job and they couldn't pay their bill at the Olsen's store. They worked together to get the money to get out of debt. Pa worked for another farmer while Ma and Laura worked the field. Mary worked for a neighbor sewing while her sister took up the slack in the chores. Tissy looked over at me and said, "They are a stick together family."

In these times, we need to be so grateful for the family God has blessed us with and thank God for his mercies as we continue to stick together.

17 comments:

Rachael said...

Great concept, for sure.

And, goodness, I haven't watched Little House in AGES.

greta said...

So true. Thank you for sharing.

Kara said...

That episode of Little House is my favorite. I like the stick together family.

ScienceGeek said...

You guys ARE a stick together family!

I'm anxiously awaiting good news from you!

mommy g said...

And that is what IT is all about. How many people in this cruel world have no one? Their lives would have been so much different had they been raised in a stick together family! Keep up the good work!

Karen said...

I can't believe it has already been 7 months! I love Little House!! They always have great life lessons. Praying for good news today!

Blessings

Karen said...

I can't believe it has already been 7 months! I love Little House!! They always have great life lessons. Praying for good news today!

Blessings

Julie said...

I like that!

Rachel said...

Cris...
I love this post! We should share our family mission statements in a post. That would be fun!

Sorry for not being around...lots going on here. Praying and hope to chat with you soon.

Annie said...

I've been thinking about the "Laura Books" lately too. I remember when Pa took off on foot to find work. As Craig took off on a plane for Korea, it was very different, but the same, really.

Annie said...

I've been thinking about the "Laura Books" lately too. I remember when Pa took off on foot to find work. As Craig took off on a plane for Korea, it was very different, but the same, really.

Have to say I always detested the TV version, though. The books are the BEST.

Wife to the Rockstar said...

Love it!

Lee and Bev said...

We're all "hanging in there" together. Even when the kids are grown and gone to the farthest ends of the earth - we support and encourage each other as best we can.

Chuck Peters said...

Like the kids say these days... We're All In This Together!

Chuck Peters said...

Like the kids say these days... We're All In This Together!

Leisa said...

What a great post, Thanks

Susan said...

That is a neat phrase. I think as we move around so much, we sense that more than if we were in one place long term. We have to stick together and make things work. I always thought my moving around as a child help make us more of a stick together family.