Thursday, November 26, 2009

Giving Thanks: Day 10

I am thankful for my amazing family.

It's only fitting that I end my 10 days of giving thanks by talking about my family!

I am thankful for my parents! They have always loved me unconditionally and have always believed in me - even at times when I haven't believed in myself. Their support, love, and friendship mean the world to me.

I am thankful for my grandparents! I lived just down the road from my paternal grandparents, and lived about an hour away from my maternal grandparents, so both sets had an active role in my upbringing. I have many great memories with both sets. My paternal grandma, Grandma Janet, is still living. I wish I lived closer to her so I could spend more time with her. Since we don't see each other all that often, we exchange emails to keep in touch - which I think is pretty cool! I look forward to spending time with her at Christmas when I'll be home.

I am thankful for my siblings! We don't all get together as often as we'd like since we are kind of spread out, but it so much fun when we are all together. When I was younger, I didn't love being part of a big family - mostly because of having to share the bathroom - but now that I am older I absolutely love it!! We are all so different, but there is still a common thread that runs through us and keeps us close.

I am thankful for my sisters- and brothers-in-law! My siblings couldn't have married better people! My siblings' spouses are all the perfect compliment to their personality. I confide in my sisters-in-law like they are my own sisters, and I tease my brothers-in-law like they are my own brothers!

You already know that I am so thankful for my beautiful nephews from my previous post!

Lastly, I am thankful for all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins! I love getting together with my extended family. Every single aunt & uncle was present at Abby's wedding - which is impressive since my mom has 7 siblings and my dad has 3!


It has been so wonderful to reflect on what I am thankful for the last 10 days. The 10 posts are just a tip of the ice burg - I could go on and on. I am so incredibly blessed and I am so glad I spent the last 10 days thinking about what I am thankful for instead of what I don't have. It's important to do this.

So when I sit down to eat a delicious Thanksgiving dinner today, I will definitely think of everything I mentioned in these 10 posts, and much, much more.

I hope everyone has a safe, happy holiday! I'll be back tomorrow with a Thanksgiving recap!


aimee said...

Another great post!! Happy Thanksgiving!

Emily Jane said...

Awww :) I'm happy you have so much to be thankful for, and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Becky said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!!

Mandy said...

This post made me a little teary. We all have so much to be thankful for. I have loved these posts Lisa. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Cate S said...

Aw, what a lovely thing to do. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Lisa.

Amber said...

Great end to your 10 days post.

I am so thankful for my family around the holidays and I miss them so much when this time of year rolls around. When you're growing up I don't think one realizes how important family is. As I've gotten older I've realized that my family has a lot of quirks and a lot of flaws, but I love them so much and they are always there for me.

Some people, lots of people, aren't as lucky to have supportive parents/families so that is something I find that I'm more and more grateful for each day!

Have a wonderful day today and a lovely dinner tonight at your aunts! XO

Becky said...

Just wanted to let you know I left an award for you on my blog if you're interested! (Post should be going up sometime around 6 AM).

Anonymous said...

that is so cool that your grandma communicates with you via email! Having a great family is one of the best joys and treasures in life. Your family sounds great!