I am grateful for my family. I was raised in an amazing family. I am the oldest of 8. I have 5 brothers and 2 sisters. Every single one of my siblings is absolutely incredible and amazing. It is quite the privilege to mingle amongst the great as far as quality is concerned.
I am grateful to have parents that stressed not only academics, but morals and values as well. We are where and who we are in life because of the example and expectations that my parents have set. They sacrificed every thing they had (and still do) in order to raise a large family. I can’t even imagine the sleepless nights that they put into all of us. I look at just my trials and the rebellion that I put them through (and I wasn’t that bad of a kid) and wonder how they did with me, let alone 7 others. Additionally, during my life we also had a foster child for a year in hopes of adopting her and my cousin lived with us for a year so that he could catch up in school.
My siblings are the bomb. Of those over 30, they are all either doctors or working on their doctorate degrees. It is my favorite joke that I am the the bottom of the totem pole sporting only a master’s. I know that a master’s is a good accomplishment, but really, when surrounded by doctors, it isn’t much to boast about 🙂 My brother are respectively a Ph.D. psychologist, a surgeon working through his plastics residency, and a Ph.D. nurse anesthetist. My sis is currently getting her Ph.D. in Art.
My brother’s wives are also AMAZING. One has her nursing degree and the other has her Master’s in Educational Pedagogy. They both make the cutest darn babies that you have ever seen. The thing that I admire most about both of them is that they have both given up their careers to be stay at home moms! How cool is that!
Of the younger crowd, one is on a mission. One is shortly returning to his mission after an extended illness. My youngest sister graduated from school a year early and is getting her culinary license at SLCC.
I don’t brag about my family to say look at how cool I am. I brag because I am so honored to be in the company of such amazing people. I love every single one of them. I am so grateful to have them all in my life. You guys are awesome!