Noteworthy Journey: Task 18
Family: Redefine Family Time

The idea of “family” has evolved quite significantly over the past decade. Blended, diverse families have become more commonplace in our modern world. For Charlynn Avery, an adoptee who then adopted her own children, family has always been about more than just a genetic connection. In her life, family is who she has chosen to be around and who she loves and spends time with the most.

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Mary Jane B

September 7, 2017 - 12:41pm

This was a difficult task for me. Taking some quiet time and using a rose oil to keep me focused on my thoughts- families can be complex. Grateful for friends who feel like family.

Penny N

August 29, 2017 - 8:05am

My sister and I take walks together with the dogs twice daily weather permitting.  It is good exercise for all of us and gives us a chance to catch up with each other since we have opposite schedules otherwise.

Inga O

August 24, 2017 - 1:27pm

I love rose oil! It works!

Mandy G

August 18, 2017 - 12:07pm

I’m wondering if this is why my mom was always drawn to rose oil! I come from a small but tight family. When I married my husband, I gained not only a spouse, but also new family members and new traditions which I now can’t imagine living without.

Brenda P

August 15, 2017 - 8:00pm

My kids are all grown and out of the house with families of their own. But just last weekend, my daughter in law told me she would be hosting Thanksgiving at their new (and much more spacious) home this year!  I’m very excited to be a part of their new traditions and to be able to let go of some of the responsibility that was solely mine for quite a few years!

Heidi C

August 14, 2017 - 1:49pm

We had a mini-family reunion a few weeks back and just found out we have a new, long-lost relative. It’s very exciting!

N. Masani L

August 11, 2017 - 10:58pm

I have to get some rose oil now. I do movie nights or watch funny videos with my little one.

Donna R 523010227

August 11, 2017 - 1:27pm

Family.  They are my world.  My true North.

Mandy C 569440641

August 11, 2017 - 11:33am

I need rose oil! Sounds amazing! I do need to re evaluate my family time and spend more meaningful time with everyone!

maryann t 1249378127

August 11, 2017 - 8:10am

As I get older the importance of family has changed.  Some have grown apart and others I have grown closer too. It takes work to keep relationships healthy. I love the idea of using Rose oil to surround myself with love!

Sharon S 62427155

August 11, 2017 - 7:22am

After my father had a stroke 8 years ago, the family sort of fell apart. No more getting together, just becoming more and more distant. I hope we can come together again.

Patty E

August 11, 2017 - 7:11am

I have actually begun this task already. We have special family Sunday dinners.  Recently, we stated playing games too.

Charlotte F

August 10, 2017 - 11:46pm

I love my family! That is all I need to say! Love!

Ginger L

August 10, 2017 - 7:18pm

Focusing on family is so important to me now! I’m scheduling some important get togethers with my family so we can enjoy special time together.

Wendie H

August 8, 2017 - 6:26pm

My biological family is not really a place of joy and comfort.  My sister and I are very close, but she’s very difficult sometimes and our relationship isn’t always good for me, it can be very toxic, same with my dad.  My mom has kind of given up…..My work family, my volunteer group family, I can count those, right?

Cathy cs

August 5, 2017 - 12:00pm

:)  I don’t have the rose oil.  But I am diffusing a blend with Geranium, Orange, and Lemon. My family just left to go to their home in another state yesterday.  We did a lot of the above while they were here. 
We did have “face time” nights, and will try to restart doing that again.

Michael D

August 3, 2017 - 8:36am

Amazing, just ordered a box of oils which will arrive today. Rose is 1 of them. Will do this after the mail arrives :)

Michael D

August 3, 2017 - 8:37am

Movie and a walk will be good, too

Jennifer F 1789836209

August 3, 2017 - 7:36am

I have just reconnected with family far away, so staying in touch is big for me.

Flissa M

July 30, 2017 - 2:00am

This is a call for “Game Night” and I don’t mean video games!!!

Valerie J

July 29, 2017 - 3:08pm

My family has decided to forgo Christmas presents and go on a family vacation together. Quality time instead of material things

Stephanie W

July 28, 2017 - 2:12pm

I go over my parents’ house after church on Sunday.  We always went to my grandparents’ house and now that the generational tide has changed, I’m going over theirs.

Adriana A

July 26, 2017 - 9:14pm

Family time is so important!  We take time at bedtime to ensure we talk about our days.

Jean U

July 26, 2017 - 11:49am

Rose oil is wonderful. It brought back memories of moms rose bushes when we were little. I love my family because I can be myself. It doesn’t matter what we are doing.


July 25, 2017 - 7:42pm

We have family visiting right now. It was so nice to take time to be calm and present with one another. Often we feel we need to entertain, however it was beautiful to just be still and listen.

shannon o

July 25, 2017 - 6:57pm

Game night is a new regular feature. I would love to try rose oil, but it is a bit expensive - maybe a future gift to myself?

Lori M

July 25, 2017 - 2:12pm

We are having “Christmas in July” movie night on Friday.  Ds is picking his favorite Christmas movie, I saved and froze some extra cookies last December, and we will crank the AC and drink hot cocoa. :)

Linda By

July 25, 2017 - 12:06pm

My family is far away, so my husband and I are my family. We both lead busy lives, or use together time as lounging in front of the tv. I think we should start doing walks after dinner to catch up and just be.

Caroline M

July 24, 2017 - 10:51pm

My family is the most important thing to me. I will always cherish the time I can have with them in person or by FaceTime. Love them all so much.

Alicia D 1223524777

July 24, 2017 - 7:45pm

Our family loves sharks, so we kicked this off watching shark week together. And are planning a trip to Monomay Island, where there is a huge seal population, and great whites. Perfect family time.

Elicia S

July 24, 2017 - 3:07pm

No matter the smell of rose or not I value my family. I can’t be more greatful of my family.


July 19, 2017 - 11:50am

I used a rose essential oil spray today as a reminder of the love surrounding me, and it really helped me connect to the love in my own heart, to be able to make meaningful connections with people throughout the day.

katheryn m

July 14, 2017 - 5:42pm

Being together with family means mostly attending church or visiting with my daughter who lives 600 plus miles away.    The people in my church are truly sisters and brothers to me.  We care for each other, share meals and look forward to seeing each other on a weekly basis. We keep in touch and support each other as if we were truly siblings.  They are definitely a blessing in my life!

Pat B

July 13, 2017 - 8:36pm

Today my daughter and I went out to dinner together to celebrate what would have been her father’s and my husband’s 85th birthday - he always thought he would have lived to 85 like his father did, but it was not to be….

lisa p 1953787248

July 6, 2017 - 10:46am

It’s hard to get teenagers to spend time with their Mom’s but I have planned a weekend at the beach.  Bringing my rose oil :)

April D

July 5, 2017 - 8:50am

Family is everything to me.

Jackie C

July 5, 2017 - 7:20am

I made yesterday about family I haven’t spent enough time with. It was a wonderful day of reconnecting and catching up.


July 3, 2017 - 6:43pm

I am a mother grandmother great-grandmother sibling daughter cousin and friend on spend most times alone, it may take me some time to work through this one

Janelle W

July 3, 2017 - 10:56am

Made it a point to get back to the family reunion this year. My kids were even asking if we could go.

Holly W

June 28, 2017 - 3:24pm

Tea & bananas grams together~keeping it simple : )


June 28, 2017 - 7:52am

Family is the most important thing to me, even if we are simply sitting together having giggle fests or watching one of our favorite movies, we are always together!


June 27, 2017 - 7:16am

Taking time to remember all members of my family, even ones who have passed , I feel a great sense of love and comfort knowing that is the gift they gave me. I shared pictures of my garden to brighten their day , sharing what makes me thankful and happy. Today I spend time with my mother who isn’t feeling well to comfort her as she has been a source of comfort for me.

Kelly L

June 26, 2017 - 9:25pm

My family is important to me though we don’t see each other as much because we have different schedules. My memories of my late father will least remain as the foundation for me. I look forward also to having my own family someday with our own traditions and memories to make.


June 26, 2017 - 6:57pm

Spent the weekend helping a very dear friend who is very much family to me. I am so grateful for the people in my life!

Lulu U

June 22, 2017 - 5:16pm

I don’t have children, and neither does my only sibling (with whom I am not close), so it is just my husband and I, my mother is dead and my dad lives far away. Just recently I realized my favorite cousin goes to a yoga class at my gym, so we have been trying to meet each other there. Yoga is very difficult for me, but I try, and I get to see my cousin!

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