Friday, January 24, 2014

Tradition Or Not

Janine's Confessions of A Mommyaholic


It's finally weekend again, and I so need it this week! It was training week at work this week, so a lot of extra duties on my day (and night) planner; it was fun, but plain and simply exhausting. But as there are no major plans this weekend, I plan on tanking as much sleep as possible.  Before officially moving on to the weekend, it's once again time to celebrate Friday with the "Finish the Sentence Friday" link-up. This week's cue:

We can either be traditional or non-traditional in the way we do things...

... so we do it both ways, OUR way.

As a barely 22-year old, I married an American soldier not even five months after we met. Definitely not something my family or others around me had in mind for my life at that time, about to graduate from college.

We believe in family. We have decided to keep our kids at home until the age of 3, before kindergarten starts in Germany. But it wasn't me to stay home, but Richard.

We stage big easter egg hunts to celebrate spring, and nothing else.

We celebrate the winter holiday with all its beautiful pagan symbols, with family, togetherness, and peace on our minds.

We blend our lives with traditions from two worlds, from two cultures, and our own, new ways. It is a constant flow of some things disappearing and new ways being adopted; one day, we might have found the most perfect way for us, in the meantime, we enjoy our lives as a sometimes traditional family.



Have a great weekend, everyone!

16 comments:

  1. I love this! Have an amazing weekend! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Jen! Have a great weekend yourself!

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  2. Stephanie, it is absolutely perfect and couldn't picture it any other way for you and your family!! :)

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    1. And that is exactly the thing, Janine. No matter if a family is "traditional", "non-traditional", or somewhere in between, it doesn't matter as long as people are happy :-) Have a great weekend, Janine!

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  3. I love this. As part of a very non-traditional family I love coming up with our own ways of doing things, that blends parts of what I grew up with, with things that I always wanted when I was little. It makes the little things extra special that way.

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    1. It sure does, Erin! We get inspired by experiences from our own youth, but also from how others do things. The possibilities are endless :-)

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  4. I love how you and your family are creating your own traditions, Stephanie. I think the definition of traditional is different depending upon our backgrounds.

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    1. Exactly, Jennifer! Measured by traditional Saudi Arabian standards, my driving my husband would be absolutely outrageous :-) I am the first woman in our family with a college degree, the first one with such a career. The world changes, society does, and so do traditions, it's all in motion :-) Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  5. Glad to see you can make everything come together & blend beautifully!

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  6. I love how you're blending your cultures, your holidays, and your lives. Perfect. Traditions are made by us, and honored by our children. Love this.

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    1. And I hope again that they will one day make their own traditions, blended between things they loved growing up, their partners' traditions, and new, original ones for themselves.

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Kristi!

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  7. Sounds like a great balance of traditions.

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