thirty days of thankfulness: 11/2/13

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it should go without saying that i hit the family lottery. i mean, we’re not the bravermans, but we come pretty darn close. over the years, my family has certainly grown and changed and metamorphosized into the makeup that it is today but i am especially thankful for its evolution. we may not be your standard colony that lives behind the white picket fence, but i wouldn’t change the members of my tribe for anything in the world.

i know we don’t get to choose who our parents are and what environment we are born into. i realize that not everyone’s family is a safe place for which they can grown and develop and explore and become. the older i get, the more i learn that what i have been given is a rarity. it is a true gift to look around the dinner table on thanksgiving and on christmas or at a function where generations have gathered together in celebration and fill completely full. to be thankful that you get to share a few branches of the family tree with these people and that even if you weren’t related by blood and chromosomes, you’d choose to do life with them anyway.

so today i am beyond thankful for my family. for every parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle, and 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th cousin. for the excellent humans who have joined our brigade through marriage (lucky you) and for those who aren’t¬†technically¬†on the genealogy report, but who are so interwoven into the fabrics of our family make-up, they might as well be. i am so dang grateful to be a part of all of your lives.

family 2012

cousins at tk's bday

grandma & me2_cropped

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