52 Weeks of Gratitude – Sister

52 Weeks of Gratitude – Sister

So far in the 52 weeks of gratitude challenge we’ve covered my hubby and complete family… now lets pick one family member… I’m going with my sister.

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Like I mentioned in my post on my husband, I’m pretty sure I’ve got the best sister around, as well.
Like most sisters we didn’t always get along, but once we got past those years, we’ve been extremely close.
She’s one person that just gets me. Knows what I’m thinking and helps me work out the details in my life. 68840_4608659866846_1358774524_n
She’s my favorite coffee, lunch, dinner or wine date – pretty much any date will do. I just love spending time with her.
She’s the one I turn to when I need a different perspective, or just some reassurance.
My personal shopper (seriously shes a fashionista).
She’s one of my biggest cheerleaders and the first to tell me when I’m headed the wrong direction.
In short she’s my best friend. I don’t know what I’d do without her. Lots and lots of gratitude to my sister!


52 Weeks of Gratitude – Week 3 – Family

52 Weeks of Gratitude – Week 3 – Family

This week of the 52 weeks of gratitude challenge – Family.

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Where do I begin. From early in my life, I knew that family was important. Growing up in a large Italian family, meant large family dinners, get togethers, many cousins and a lot of love.

This still rings true today. There is nothing like being with family.

After spending these past weeks separated from family, I’ve definitely realized how much our family means to me.

Starting with our own immediate family of 5.

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The privilege of  spending every day with them is the highlight of my life. There is nothing like watching your children grow and learn. And doing it alongside the man of my dreams is icing on the cake. They bring more joy than I ever thought possible.Sibling Story Time

This joy spreads into our extended family as well. We are very blessed to have such great extended family. They are always there for us and bring so much happiness and love to our lives. Our kids love hanging out with Aunts, Uncles, Grandmas, Grandpas and Cousins. Family dinners are relaxing, loud, crazy, fun and memorable. We can always count on our families through thick and thin.

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We’ve contemplated moving to another city, but the fact that our families are all here have been the deciding factor for staying in KC. I cannot imagine being separated by a large distance from our family.

Life would be much different without our families. For our families I am forever thankful.

52 Weeks of Gratitude – Week 2 – Spouse

52 Weeks of Gratitude – Week 2 – Spouse

This week of the 52 weeks of gratitude challenge is a perfect reflection for this crazy time in our lives.

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Brian and I have been married for almost 10 years now, together for 14.

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Time has flown by, but I can honestly say that our relationship has grown stronger everyday. I know that sounds cliche, but it’s really true. We’ve been through many situations that would tear many couples apart, but somehow, through it all, we’ve found a way to strengthen our bond.There is not another man I could possibly spend my life with. He makes me laugh, smile, treats me wonderfully, and deals with my moodiness. He is a great father, great friend, and would do anything for those he loves. His heart is bigger then he realizes and he touches peoples lives in many ways without realizing he’s doing it. His patience and understanding are amazing even in the hardest moments. During the tough times, he steps up and takes control. In fact, he’s stepped up majorly this past month, he’s been mister mom for the past 11 weeks and it’s helped get us through this tumultuous period in our lives.


For many dads this would be difficult, but because we homeschool, this involved being with the kiddos 24-7, juggling activities, lunches, dinners and more. Not all dads could do this, and while I know it was very stressful and hard for him, he never complained. He just did what needed to be done and tried to make the best of it.


I have to say I think I married the best one of the bunch… For my husband, I am forever grateful!

52 Weeks of Gratitude – Week 1 – Why Start This Challenge?

I’ve decided to take part in the 52 Weeks of Gratitude challenge with Play, Wash, Rinse, Repeat, in hopes that it will help me take a moment to open my eyes to all the things I am truly grateful for.

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Week 1 – “Why Start This Challenge”

With so much going on in our lives right now (taking our newest addition home, preparing to move into a new home, and life in general), it’s easy to overlook all that God has blessed us with. I am hopeful that this weekly challenge will be humbling and open my eyes to every little thing I am so lucky to have in my life.
Be sure to check back to see what we are grateful for that week.