This week of the 52 weeks of gratitude challenge – Family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week of the 52 weeks of gratitude challenge is a perfect reflection for this crazy time in our lives.
Brian and I have been married for almost 10 years now, together for 14.
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!