As I've gotten older, I've managed to find a balance between independence and family life. It's only natural that we drift into our own lives and creating the life we want for ourselves, but it does bring us away from our roots.
Being back on the East Coast has allowed me to see my family so much more. It makes me really happy to think they are only 30-45 minutes away. It allows for days at the park or food festivals or weekend trips on a regular basis. With three nephews and three siblings, we can definitely get a bit crazym, but that's just home for me.