A little over a year ago, my husband and I moved back to the place where we grew up, into the home he grew up in. On the outside it may have seemed as though we’d gone backwards in life, having left the comforts and security of a home, a salary we could live on, and a community we had built over seven years. We moved in with my husband’s parents, and despite what society and Western culture has taught us, our family has learned that communal living is a gift. We laugh more. We learn to be patient, to overlook small wrongs, to work out underlying issues- stress has a way of exposing them and opening the way toward healing. We experience love, grace, and community intimately and often, and we have found this season to be life-giving in ways we didn’t expect.
Here are 10 life-giving things we’re doing as a family as we live communally: