“So I saw this Jimmy Fallon clip and thought it would be a great activity for us” When my sister-in-law said this, I had a sense that this would take us down an interesting road, but I was game. Next thing you know the family is laughing hysterically and engaged in an epic game of Egg Russian Roulette. Yes, another exciting weekend with my in-laws had begun…
Last weekend my dear wife turned 40 and some of her family descended upon Columbus to properly celebrate. We had four fun-filled days with her parents (Allen and Sharon), her sister (Sarah), and her boyfriend (Scott). Now, one of the realities of life is that when two people get married, their two families become connected….whether they like it or not.
It is inescapable.
And that new family has a dynamic and culture all of its own. One that the new member has to LEARN. How well you do that can determine whether you view this new family as a tremendous blessing or a lifelong burden.
Luckily for me, in my 18+ years as an honorary ‘Tans’ it has been an adventure. A fabulous one. I couldn’t possibly articulate all the blessings that this family has been to my life, but this last weekend I realized one part of the culture that I love.
The Tans Family is committed to living life to the FULL.
In a world where most of us spend our days sitting in front of a box….or staring at our device…. the Tans family likes to actually DO things. Leave the house. Enjoy God’s creation. Learn new things. Share meals and conversation.
Over the span of four days we filled our days with activity. We rode our bikes. We played badminton and other games. The kids learned string figures. We explored a cemetery. Scott and Sarah made videos…check this one out….
We watched a film of Kirk (Heather’s brother) singing & playing the ukulele. We smashed eggs on our faces. (To our shame we even included our dog Daisy May in the roulette game. She lost)
We talked and we ate. We ate a lot. We ate entirely too much. We tried to burn some of the calories off, but it was too little too late….
But it was worth it. Because we had 4 days of fun, refreshment and encouragement. Not because we were busy, but because we were enjoying life with a bunch of people who love the Lord, love adventure and love one another. It even made me forget the World Cup was on.
Well, except the US game….I did make them all watch 20 minutes of that one…
I love the Tans family.