Monday, November 7, 2011


Talked with my husband tonight. I have a feeling it's not over with yet. Several family members are going through some stuff and it's really opened up some communication between us.

I am sitting here tonight feeling incredibly grateful. I love my husband. I love my family.

My husband is a good man. He's a diamond. He started out rough, but with time and pressure (by life) he has become beautiful and strong. He puts the kids and I first now. Always. He helps out around the house. He does what he can to help me out with whatever, whenever. All this and working 60+ hours a week. He helps out those in need, and is always there for family, no matter which side the family is from (mine or his). He is a giver. And he truly loves us, his family. He's not perfect. But who is? He is perfect for me. For us. He. Is. Amazing.

My 6 yr old had a thanksgiving program at school tonight. Man I love my kids. She did the best she could and was awesome! My 2 yr old loved listening to the kids sing. She would rock and sway in her chair. And when each song ended, she clapped with more enthusiasm than anyone else there. And my 10 yr loved to comment on the program and her sister. They are such wonderful kids. Kids who care about others. Kids who love their family.

My mom, MIL (mother-in-law), sister, and her two daughters (as well as my husband and I) were all there supporting our 6 yr old as she sang, giggled, smiled, and fidgeted. You got love 1st graders. I love that our family is this close. That we all get together for something as simple as a 1st grader's singing program.

My family is one where my side and his side can get together, and we're just family. There is no... angst? weirdness? I am unsure of the word, but it's not there. We're just... family. It's so good.

I have a mother who would go to the end of the world and back for me. I have 2 sisters who are among my closest friends. I have a MIL who is not only like a 2nd mom to me, but she is also among my closest friends. I have a SIL (sister-in-law) I adore. I have BILs (ok, if you aren't keeping up by now... well, I'm sorry) that I love and adore. I have always wanted brothers.

I have extended family whom I am close too. I have a husband who is amazing, and kids I wouldn't trade for all the money in the world.

I have friends. REAL friends. Friends that know that life sometimes gets busy, but that I'm always there for them and them for me. Friends like Jennifer, Andrea, Amanda, Dale, Nikki, Dee, Jamie, ect. Most people are lucky if they find one or two of these friends in their entire life. And here I am with many (well, at least in my book). We share each others joys, trials, and sorrows.

No matter what the future may hold, I know that I am one blessed lady.

Life isn't perfect. We all have our share of trouble, struggle, and unfortunately... drama, from time to time. We all are still growing and learning from our mistakes. We always will be. But it's good to know, that when it comes down to it, I am one of the most blessed people (compared to many). I have so VERY much to be thankful for. And I am. I really am. For I have some of THE BEST people in my life to share it with.


  1. I know how you feel. I have been very blessed to have a loving and caring husband who has a great family - you never know what you'll get with in-laws but for the most part, mine are great. It has always been just my mom and I, but my extended family is very close and growing up my cousins were as close as a brother and sister to me. Every Sunday was church with my grandparents and whenever there was closed school or snow days, I was always at their house. My mom, her sister, and my grandparents all lived close to each other so we saw them all the time. It helps to have a strong family base to help support you.

    Things have changed - my mother-in-law and her husband moved 2 hours away, my aunt is 6-1/2 hours away, my brother-in-law is 1-1/2 hours away, and my grandparents have passed away. My mom is close by and my father-in-law and his wife are close by (although there is a little strain there between my hubby and his dad). Hubby's family is not nearly as close as mine, but at least we all get along. It is wonderful that you are close to both sides. You need family around you - we were meant to be solitary creatures.

    Good luck - keep that communication open!

  2. Oh wow! I love hearing about someone else who saw their cousins a lot too! Both my grandparents lived in our neighborhood at one point, as well as an uncle and cousins. =)

    Almost all of family now lives within about a 5 mile radius of each other. We do have a few in other states, but the majority of us are here and we love it. (this includes husband's family too)

    I'm so happy for you! Isn't it such a wonderful thing to have such a close famiy?!

    thanks hon!

  3. On my mom's side, we have a huge family reunion every 3 years and always in a different place. My grandfather was one of 5 and each of those 5 had a total of 10 girls and no boys. The girls are called "the cousins" and each reunion is in a city near one of the cousins. All 5 of my grandfather's generation has now all passed away, but we have kept up the tradition. Our latest reunion was this year in Independence, MO. I think the largest reunion was close to 70 people! One cousin has 11 grandchildren and they all came to the reunion 3 years ago. It was great to see them all. I love getting together with family. I wish my dad's side was closer, but that just isn't their way.

  4. A close family is such a blessing!! And wow, 70 people!! That's crazy!! =D But in a good way!

    Sorry about your dad's side of the family. But I'm glad to hear the other side more than makes up for it. ♥