Thankful Thursdays: family

I really should be tackling some housework right now.

The dishes are piled up, toys are spread around the house, and things are in general disorder. BUT I have so missed this little practice on the blog and wanted to take time out of my hectic day to breathe and write something I am grateful for.

Because there is always something to give thanks for, it is a good practice to be in, and hectic/crazy days are the days we need it the most. Right?!

Today I am so incredibly grateful for family.

And we are blessed to have a great one – on both sides. I remember being blown away by how wonderful and welcoming Brance’s dad and brothers and extended family were when I first met them. I am still blown away.

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You guys, I have the best parents. This is probably the hardest thing about living in Boston – being so far away from them. This may be one of my favorite pictures of the two of them. We took it while they were visiting us a couple of years ago.

I just love it when my brother Bryan and I chat on the phone. We could talk for the longest time about all of our projects and business plans and hopes and dreams. He is a designer/photographer. Isn’t it funny, how a little brother can grow up and become a wise confidant and sounding board? I love it.

IMG_1030And I LOVE it when family comes to see us! Here is a picture I took of my sister Holly and her husband Matthew during a recent visit. Aren’t they the sweetest?! Recently I talked about Brance and my sort of “arranged marriage”. Well, these two have a similar story (involving several years of my mom praying they would end up together). Maybe I can get them to tell you their story someday ;).

PaPa posing for a photo

This is a picture of Brance’s father Rodger who will always remain in our hearts. I am so thankful that I was blessed to know this kind, loving man. He was a great father, grandfather, and father-in-law. We couldn’t have had better.

What are you thankful for today?