In this life, I have been truly blessed with a large and wonderful family. I am the oldest of 8- 5 brothers and 3 sisters… and I love every minute of it. Honestly, it sounds big, but in reality, for us, it feels normal.
We have a great time when we all get together. It is so much fun to reminisce and remember our childhood and things that we did together. We enjoy playing games and making fools out of ourselves in front of each other. We truly do enjoy each others company. As we have gotten married and had families, it has been so great to add new members to our family. I absolutely adore each and every one of my siblings spouses. I think that they have all chosen amazing people to spend their lives with and I LOVE LOVE LOVE their kiddos.
My parents have taught me so much. I look back at my growing up and now
realize what a great time we had. We always felt safe and secure. I
had no idea that we were not well off. I had no idea how much my parents
struggled. We always thought that we lived on the top of the world. I
look now and see how much they must have stressed over trying to manage
and take care of 5 and then later on 8 children. I think that I felt
stressed with 3. Now I have 7 and I stress over how to cover it all
when we are all together. They are courageous and wonderful people and I
am so grateful for their example.
Now, I am so blessed that I have been able to marry into an absolutely amazing family. ) I am going to go into “our story” in an upcoming post…. When I finally am able to get to it. However, I will give the very short version.)
I have an amazing friend, Cami. We became friends over ten years ago when we were teaching in the same elementary school. Her first year was my last year and we both had our first babies at the same time. We have remained close over the years. Long story short, I have envied her for her amazing in law family. I was amazed that a group of people could be so caring. Not to mention that the entire family is the most talented family that I have ever known. I have been envious that she had such great inlaws, when mine at the time, left a lot to be desired to say the least.
I am so lucky that I was able to eventually meet and marry one member of that family. I am so grateful that not only do I have an amazing man in my life, but an amazing family that LOVES ME!!! I am so thrilled. I couldn’t be happier or luckier!