Amy Rees Anderson

“Family, where life begins and love never ends”

“Family is like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.”

I grew up in a family of ten children.  Five boys and five girls.  How my mother did it I will never know!  Especially because we weren’t the most mellow of children to say the least.  But she did it and somehow both she and all of us survived it!

As we have all grown into adulthood and started families of our own it is often times difficult to stay in contact with each other on a regular basis.  We are all spread out across the country with some living in Texas, Colorado, California, Virginia, and a few of us living here in Utah.  Everyone has incredibly busy lives so we often go for long spurts without seeing one another or even talking to one another.  But when the times come that we can get together it is always as if no time has passed at all.  I think that is the beauty of being family – there is this connection that ignores time or space and binds you together forever.  You are family.

Today I was able to spend time with my little sister who came to visit from Colorado.  It was so fun to see her and to spend time with her and her four adorable children.  I am so proud of the woman she has grown up to be.  I left home to go to college when she was just a little girl so most of our growing up years were spent apart from each other, but even so we can feel that bond of family when we come together.  It’s that bond of sisterhood that forever ties you together.  That is what family is all about – It’s about being bonded together through good and bad times. It’s about growing up together in the same house to then taking what you have learned from that experience and spinning it off into your own family. Replicating the things you liked from your family, and deciding to change the things that you didn’t like from your family.  Everyone grows up and becomes their own person.  But deep down, no matter how much time passes and no matter how grown up you become, you are still those same kids from the same family with the same roots.  You are family.

I am grateful for my family.  I am grateful for my upbringing.  I am grateful I had 9 brothers and sisters to be friends with and built sand castles and mud pies with in the backyard.  I am grateful for the memories we created together as children and for the friendships we have as adults.  I am grateful to parents who provided us that opportunity.  And I am grateful to have my own little family that I get to be bonded with for eternity.  I LOVE MY FAMILY!

Today’s challenge is to love your family and find time to reconnect with them. It will be worth it.

“Family, where life begins and love never ends”



  • lindsay says:

    I always thought people were so lucky to have this, good for you. I have one sister but I have seperated myself from her years ago. She leave a path of destruction in her wake everywhere she goes. I bet its nice to have people you can trust and confide in!

  • Shantell says:

    Excellent article. I’m dealing with many of these issues
    as well..

  • Phyllis M. Merrell says:

    Amy, are you the originator of the quote, “Family, where life begins and love never ends.”
    Thank you for your response,

  • Jeannie McIntire says:

    This is on my wall as well as my daughters

  • Lorena Barrios says:

    Uno nunca termina de aprender.Me apodere de ese termino que para muchos es algo insignificante,pero el trasfondo lleva un poderoso mensaje capaz de romper cualquier obstáculo que viva la familia es evidente el gran poder de la palabra FAMILIA

  • Jade Nystrom says:

    I am so happy to see this website and see all of these inspiring and lovely comments and articles, Thank you for inspiring others especially you Lorena Barrios,


  • Anonymous says:

    This speech help me very thank yoy

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