Family – This is #HowWeFamily – How do you family? #IC

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Growing up my life wasn’t full of rainbows and butterflies. My mom, who was single, was raising my sister (she was 12 years older than me) and I both on our own. From a young age I learned how to become independent, whether it was staying home by myself at a young age, cooking myself food, or figuring out my homework on my own. Life was tough, and I was alone a lot, but that was how my mom and I had to do it. My sister was grown and out of the house, so she wasn’t there to take care of me.

From an early age, I knew that I wanted a whole family. By a WHOLE family I meant a mother and father, and kids. I know it doesn’t work out that way for everyone, but that’s what I wanted. Before I married my husband we talked about this, and I said “I want this to be my one and only marriage. When we have kids, we will eat dinner at the table. We will have family time and do family things together. That’s all I want.” If he wasn’t in it for the long run, or when times became rough, we would work it out, and we do. We’ve been through a lot. Here we are almost 16 years later, as happy and in love as we possibly could be.

I wouldn’t change my family for the world, and I love them all with my whole being.


This holiday season, TYLENOL® is continuing to celebrate all families and how they come together during this special time of the year. The video is a compilation of real moments from real families that showcases joy, laughter, surprise, and unconditional love. Now get those tissues ready! You’ll need them!!!

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What does a family mean to you?
I know we all have different meanings, and that’s okay.

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  1. DaRcy Louer says:

    Thank you for sharing! You have a beautiful family. I am so very happy to see that your dream has come true. I had the same dream. I was lucky enough (and unlucky enough) to have my 1st husband for 18 years before he died of a heart attack at the young age of 38 leaving me with our 4 sons ranging in age from 7–17. Now I have found the perfect man for the new me. He is a constant guiding light full of love in our lives. Merry Christmas Bean Family!

  2. I have the same attitude about marriage. Without getting into details, I told my husband the same thing. Think long and hard before getting into it because this is it. I’m not going anywhere. Sure, there are some tough times. Good times too. After 23 years, I wouldn’t want to start all over again with anyone else.

  3. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I totally agree with you. I did get divorced from my boys father after 25 years of marriage. It had always been an abusive relationship which was not good. I should have been strong and left sooner. I am very close to my boys and my grandchildren. They are what I live for. Thank you for this great article and God Bless

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this with us! You have a very beautiful family! 🙂 I grew up in a similar situation, only without a mother. My dad did his best to raise my 2 brothers and I, but it was rough. I always wanted to make sure I had a WHOLE family too.

  5. Molli Vandehey says:

    im so glad yo uand your husband are both committed to being that type of family.

  6. If more people felt about marriage the way you do the world would be a much better place, children would grow up loved and learning right instead of being trained by TV and games all day. I raised my family the right way, with a father and mother and love. They have all grown to be adults I am proud of and never gave us trouble while getting there. I thank God for this blessing, I know it could have been different. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. I was a latch key kid. Unfortunately I found the wrong mate. My 2nd try I hit the jackpot. A mate that treats my kids as his own, and wants nothing more than to be a family. I wish ever child could experience a true loving home to grow up with values and respect.

  8. You have such a lovely family. Cherish and enjoy them while they’re small. I remember when mine were, and now they’re 19 and 24. It all goes by so fast. I have a two year old grandson now, so it’s fun getting to re-live the fun times again with another little one. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family 🎅🎄

  9. It’s funny how we all have different experiences growing up. Good or bad, it makes us who we are today.

  10. Thanks so much for sharing Family – This is #HowWeFamily – How do you family? In the beginning we had just our daughter and my husband and myself. Later on in life 2 more children came along and my oldest is out of the house and married to an army man and has 2 children of her own. We’ve been married for 31 years now and we have our 2 children and for a while we also have our 2 grandchildren! The house is crazy and money is very tight, but I don’t think I’d trade it for the world! I love the way our family has turned out and, though, tiring a lot of time, I love them all! Let’s all hope that with this New Year, things get better for all of us and our love to keep growing! Thanks for sharing your family with us! I truly do appreciate it! Michele

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