When I was thinking about this post and what I was most thankful for, family kept coming to mind. I would not be the person I am today without my family. I am so thankful for my family (immediate and extended).
Growing up, I lived in the same house all of my life with the same bedroom. My parents have been married for 36 years, my grandparents have both been married for over 50+ years, and I grew up living less than a 30 second car ride away from both sets of grandparents. One set of my grandparents actually shared our driveway with us. Visiting my grandparents daily was as normal as brushing my teeth. Looking back, it may have been a little like “Everybody Loves Raymond” but I loved it. I rode my bike between their houses, would get off the bus from school and go to their houses for after school snack (Oreo’s and The Andy Griffith Show) and then go about my day. I grew up in a tight knit family.
I have a really close but big family. If we can find a holiday to celebrate, we will celebrate it. We have plenty of BBQ’s, dinners, and parties throughout the year with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins. I am so thankful to have a family who lifts each other up, celebrates successes (no matter how small), and who is there to rally when life gets hard. I love that both my kids will have memories with their grandparents, great grandparents, but also one great-great-grandparent.
I have taken my family for granted. Although I am so thankful for them I am afraid that I have let my “busy” schedule interfere with visits and stopping by to say “hi”. I lost my grandma Bev one year ago to thyroid cancer and my grandpa (her husband) six year ago. I took for granted that I would always be able to stop in and say “hi” and have a cup of coffee and watch the news or Judge Judy with them or just sit on their porch swing. I took for granted that I would not be able to give my grandma a sewing project, or visit my grandpa in his shop while he worked on some small engine project.
My family cheers each other on, lifts each other up, and supports one another. We have had our fair share of troubles and sadness, but coming together always helps. My hope is that my children know how loved they are and how they will always have people in their corner. I am so thankful for my family.
Linking today with these lovely ladies:
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