Importance of Family



One of the things I hope to pass down to my children is the importance of time well spent with family. Time that is unhindered by clocks and schedules but is still shortened by laughter, and days full of reminiscing. I want to teach them to never take the opportunities for granted. We had the privilege to spend the last week in Lake Keowee in South Carolina at an amazing lake house with over 30 of us all together including Aunts, Uncles, Sisters, Brothers, Cousins, and Grandparents. We can’t get this precious time back.


There were many mornings of people staring at the coffee pot waiting for that first cup to head to the front porch and watch the sun hit the water and finally our faces. There were huge plates of pancakes, cinnamon rolls, fruit, breakfast casseroles, and bacon going around. Soon after that, little kids started running to get in bathing suits, to them that is when the day starts. The rest of the day was spent in water, on sand, in a boat, in a kayak, snacking, sipping on pina coladas or iced coffees, Pandora blaring the country music, slathering another layer of sunscreen, playing cards, watching the ball game, and basically soaking in every moment of lake Keowee.

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The nights were spent pulling out the big plates once again and filling them with mac n cheese, chicken, slaw, meatballs, potatoes, and green beans. The late night campfire with the most beautiful moon reflecting off the water will be a long lasting memory for me. As well as the good old fashioned gambling game we all played around the table with three dollars a piece topped off with a batch of our familie’s famous homemade stickies. Then came ice cream, couch sitting, and TV watching. Unable to hear the TV from all the comments about what was on it! Laughter and blankets filled the room as one by one people went to bed to start all over again the next day.

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As it draws to a close I am ready to get home, back to my normal. I only like to escape for so long, but it sure was nice to escape with people you love the most.


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2 Responses to Importance of Family

  • Donna Short says:

    Yes, our time together is such a treasure to me. I am so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful family who accepts me and loves me in spite of my imperfections. This trip has become the highlight of our September because it is so awesome to have that time to make memories, to kick back and relax, and to enjoy life without the stress of normalcy. I personally would live on vacation if I could. I never get enough of it, but as they say, life goes on and all good things must eventually come to an end. So…until next year, I will cherish the time we had this year and patiently wait for our trip to Lake Keowee to come again.

  • limewire says:

    do you have a twitter that i can follow

Hey Y'all! My name is Brittany Styron. Sweet Country Roots is a place I hope to encourage, inspire, and bring a chuckle. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and join conversations about marriage, babies, homeschooling, frugal living, good food, and an old fashioned way of thinking.

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