This month has come to an end… today is the last day in November, which means I am done with my blog challenge of giving thanks for something each day… some have been serious and some a little silly but each thing represents who I am and what I am thankful for. As this day winds down I decided to write about what has made me who I am and that’s my family… I am most thankful for each person in my immediate family! My brothers, my sister, my mom, my dad, my father, my cousin Nichole, and now my husband! It may not be considered normal but then again what is “normal” these days? So today as I sit in my semi-empty kitchen I am thankful for each member of my family… without them I wouldn’t be the person I am today…
This is my mom. The woman who absolutely hands down made me who I am today. I get my love of music, writing, praying, and taking pictures from her! I never quite knew how sentimental I was until I realized that my mom’s the same exact way… She’s strong, and supportive, and loving, and has a way of remembering every special date… she has ALWAYS believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself or she disagreed with my decisions. She has been my number one cheerleader.
This is my sister Amber. She has every quality I wish I had. She can sing, and dance, and is a really awesome mother, she’s smart, and beautiful, and she’s tougher than I’ll ever be. She’s my only sister and I continue to learn from her in more ways than she may ever know. For me, she is proof that there is a God.
These are my brothers Kortney and Anthony. They are sweet, and kind, and giving. They are all about family, and making memories, and they are some goofballs, there’s always a joke around the corner with these guys and I wouldn’t have it any other way. They are wonderfully protective, and I don’t doubt their intelligence for a second. They have shown me what it means to persevere.
This is my father Terry. I am named after him. I think I get most of my creativity from him. He loves writing, and reading, and drawing, he's a really great artist. He's taught me so much about what inner strength is and overcoming adversity.
This is my dad. He’s been there for EVERY important milestone in my life. He’s always been there to take care of me, encourage me, cheer me up, and let me cry. He has shown me what it means to love unconditionally and whole heartedly, and what it means to be a Christian before I even realized that was an option. He has shown me what a healthy marriage looks like and gives me the hope that with a little hard work anything is possible.
This is my cousin Nichole. Now I know that a cousin is not usually apart of immediate family but in this case she was. She was the sister I always wanted probably because at the time she was only a year younger than me which meant no pesky little sister to worry about (sorry Amber) anyway she is super smart, and totally generous with just about everything she has, she’s talented and very focused, extremely passionate about life and loves a good adventure. She makes me want to be my very best.
This is my husband William. He is the only guy I’ve ever loved that has entirely with his whole heart loved Jesus! He has shown me what it means to be sold out for Christ. He is loving, caring, and passionate, he’s a risk-taker, and a dreamer. He has BIG dreams, and a love for all things computers, cars, and church systems. He likes to dance, and sometimes plays too much but he shows me that it’s okay to sometimes be a kid and cut loose…
Together these people have made me the loving, sentimental, sensitive, family loving, risk-taking, passionate, strong-willed, artistic, creative person I am today. To my family: Thank you very much for loving me and teaching me and showing me all that I ever needed to know. Today and every day I am thankful that I am apart of this family.