Like many of you, I have much to be thankful for.
Today’s post is all about my family.
Let’s start with Will’s family.
Oh man, guys. I married into a good family.
A godly family.
A family full of care, and warmth, and kindness, and goodness.
I’m often overwhelmed at the graciousness of Will’s family, especially his grandparents.
I love them dearly, as my own.
They are most certainly some of the best people I’ve ever met in my whole life.
I love their spunk and godly character, and pray the Lord blesses us with their same love and energy toward others one day.
Will’s parents are also great. I am thankful for their hearts and how involved they both were and are in Will’s life. They raised a terrific kid, who has grown into a terrific man.
I’m also thankful for the relationship Will has with his dad, too. They are very close and I’m thankful we are close enough for them to see each other fairly often.
(That picture is hilarious!)
I’m also thankful for Will’s brother and his wife, as well as the rest of Will’s extended family. I enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas and getting to see everyone.
Now my family.
My parents and I live on the same street.
I am so thankful to have them so close, and know they’re always there.
I can’t imagine ever being too far from them.
I have an entire lifetime worth of memories I could share so you would know how special my family is.
Today, however, I will simply say I’m thankful for how hard they worked and how much they encouraged me.
I’m thankful for my dad, a veteran, that taught me the importance of patriotism and diligence.
I’m thankful for all the places we got to travel and see, far more than most.
I’m thankful for my mom. We were blessed enough to have a stay at home mom, but it’s deceiving to say that because she was always doing something for our family to take care of us.
I’m thankful they took us to church every time the doors were open. So thankful.
I’m thankful for the opportunities they gave me, and the many sacrifices they made that I probably didn’t even know about.
I have wonderful parents, and while Will and I do not have aspirations of having kids, I do hope one day we can show this same love to needy kids or in some other form of ministry.
Then there’s P.
My huge love for these girls is definitely no secret.
In fact, P got pregnant during my blogging hiatus. I never got to share the story of how she and I Facetimed the November Friday morning when she took the pregnancy test that announced Layla’s arrival.
If I told you the days and weeks after that FaceTime session were easy for P, I’d be lying.
But now, a few years removed, I can tell you how thankful I am for those moments and for P’s return home.
So thankful to have here nearby. So thankful to watch the birth of Layla, and to cut her umbilical cord.
So thankful to get to be part of their lives and to watch Layla grow up.
I’m also so thankful for my extended family. I have such wonderful memories of visiting them growing up. I used to see them so much more often than I do as a grown-up, which means I need to make time to visit!
I was able to spend last Thanksgiving with my mom’s side of the family, and it was wonderful. I’m so glad I was able to go.
Last, but certainly I not least.
Oh man did I marry up or what?
So often I hear people talk about how they plan to start a family in “x” years. Obviously, I fully comprehend what that means. However, I also find myself thinking about my own family.
Although perhaps people see Will and I as a couple that never decided to start a family, I say we started a family ten years ago when we got married.
Will is my family.
I am so thankful for his wisdom and leadership.
He is unlike anyone I’ve ever met.
I’m thankful for the blessings given to us, and praying the Lord will remind me of the many things I am thankful for as we head into a year of changes and challenges.
I only scratched the surface.I have such an abundance of thanks to go around.
I know there are those who may not feel so thankful for their families today, and I pray for healed hearts. I pray for peace. I pray for change. Most of all, I pray for a church family that can come alongside these and love them as their own.
Day one down. Check in tomorrow for a Work it Out Wednesday of thanks. ❤️