Sabra - Be thankful that you have a relationship with your family that you can miss. My husband's childhood was pretty awful, and we live about 6 hours from his mother, and I can honestly say that he doesn't miss her a bit. He talks to her on the phone about once every 2 weeks, and we visit every once in a while, but they're by no means close emotionally. Actually, she drives him bonkers.
On the other hand, I'm very close to my mother and father. I had a great childhood, and love them very much. Unfortunately, my husband and I had to move to the Dallas area to find work after we were married, and now, 10 years later, we're settled here. My parents live 3 hours away in Austin, and they'll never move up here. So, I end up calling my mom every day, at least once, sometimes as often as 3 or 4 times. We're great friends, and I love to visit them. I often take the kids down to their house for about 5 days at a time. I'm very thankful for our close relationship. But I still miss them all the time, and I do wish we lived in the same town. I'm glad we're only 3 hours away.
Don't feel bad about missing your family. I've been out of the house for almost 15 years now, and I still miss them!