What makes a family? Proximity. Proximity makes a a family. The actual line is, “… proximity makes you a parent,” from my latest favourite BBC drama series Call the Midwife, but I am convinced proximity also makes a family.

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When my family is separated by distance, there is an innate feeling that something is amiss; there’s a yearning to be closer. Perhaps it’s because in our current stage of life, proximity to each other is just a state of being. (Miss K practically lived on my hip her first year of life).

Our home has been described in many ways; cosy, practical and functional being my favourites. We, (four kids, two adults) live in a three bedroom home.

Our three boys share a bedroom. We had their beds custom made. There aren’t that many triple bunk beds available at the shops, and as we found out after many weeks of shopping, to find one that fits the measurements of their room was impossible.

They love the stairs that leads to the top bunk.

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They love their superheroes.

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They love their fairy lights.

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No matter how many fights they’ve had with each other, as each day draws to a close, they say their prayers together. Together, they blow their goodnight kisses to Miss K. Tucked under their blankets, they all rest together.

As their mother, I hope that proximity in these formative years will forge a strong brotherly bond; one that will help them through the rest of their days.

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June 2013
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Pauline Pauline & Lessons Learnt Journal is all about life with kids. Pauline is an Aussie mum and teacher who shares her love for play, math games, writing and reading activities. She believes that #playmatters, values curiosity & wonder, wisdom, obedience and respect. She also needs naps. When not blogging, she may be found virtually hoarding on Pinterest, trying to decide which Instagram filter to apply, or compulsively refreshing her Facebook feed.