Friday, June 19, 2015

Family |The In-Law Shuffle

“We are family like a giant tree, growing stronger, growing wiser." 
~Kindred, The Family Soul

I recently took a trip to St. Louis, MO and it was the first time traveling with Pumpkin without "The Beard". It got me to thinking about how far we've come as a family in such a short time. When sir and I became #TeamFife back in September of 2012, I was really excited about gaining more family. When I changed my name to Fife, I knew it was the right then for me. Who knew how this merger (built on love) would change our lives…oh what adventures await!

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Location is Relative
With more family, you have more people to visit (which is a good thing). My husband and I decided to start our lives in NC (the state in which we met). We’re not set on staying here forever (but that’s another story for another day). Neither of us is originally from here so travel is a necessity to visit loved ones. This is when decisions have to be made. Should we go here? Where did we go last year? How much will travel cost? How much time will we need off from work? Etcetera, Etcetera…

It’s sort of a juggling act. We want to be fair to each other and the in-laws. Now that Pumpkin is here, we want to ensure she knows both sides of her family. So you can already hear the suitcases being zipped, we’ll be taking off more often. 

Speaking of suitcases, if you are looking for great affordable luggage, check out Marshalls…My husband and I have found great pieces of luggage here on multiple occasions. Interested in checking out a few inspiration pieces from Marshalls, just click here


If so, comment below. I'd love to hear your stories! 

Talk to you later lovelies,


~Shan, Ms. Naturally Random