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At the ripe old age of 24, I look at my life and see a million ways God has blessed Parker and me. We have our health, we have great friends, and we have each other, but without a doubt our greatest blessing in life has been family. I don't think we really realize until we are older just how much it means to have a support system that will love you unconditionally. From getting into trouble with the athletic department for switching places with my twin in high school to deciding to marry Parker, my family has always been on my side. I know I took this for granted growing up because it was all I knew. I was so spoiled with a loving family that I didn't remember how truly blessed I was. I was talking to a friend who lives at home, and she mentioned she is so ready to get out because she and her mom butt heads. It made my heart hurt because I would do anything to get to walk into the living room and hug my mom anytime I want. Getting married and moving out is exciting and new, but there is always that part of me that can't wait until the next time I get to hug my family.

This weekend, we had the privilege of getting to spend time with a lot of my extended family, and I came back with such a full heart realizing how richly blessed I am. I'm not gazillionaire, but looking at this picture of so many people that I love and who love me makes me feel like I am the richest person in the world.


This picture is missing a few people including my dad, but being with these people for a day was pure happiness. I think the military life and living far away makes us appreciate the gift of family in a way we never have before.



We spent the three hour car ride home talking about how much fun it was to all be together again. If I had it my way, I would see both of our families every weekend, but that's not realistic in this always adventurous Navy life. Weekends like this last one are just special, and it was such a reminder of how truly blessed we are. Another blessing: road trips with the husband. Never a dull moment with this guy!


What do you consider the greatest blessing in your life?

14 comments :

Kelly @ Leafy Not Beefy said...

Isn't family awesome? I am blessed to live within 5 min. of my family and hope I don't take it for granted.

Kelly said...

I agree that being away from family makes me appreciate spending time with them that much more. Shaun and I are taking a 14-hour road trip in September to CT for my cousin's wedding and to spend a week up north. I can't wait for both the road trip and to spend time with the fam!

Rachel Lynn said...

I have to admit I'm jealous that you're even within driving distance of your family. I know what you mean about getting older and appreciating family more. My hubby and I are doing everything we can to try to get to a base closer to home. The closest we can be is a 3 hour drive and I'll be taking advantage of that ALL the time. Right now we're a 3 hour plane ride or 2 day drive from home and that's just not a feasible trip very often.

Hurray for weekends with family and road trips with hubbies!

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Diary of a Dreamer said...

Woah, had no idea you were a twin. I have a lot of family but we're not this close. It's a privilege we should all take advantage of whenever possible. Looks like you had tons of fun with the family~!

Susannah said...

How wonderful that you have such an amazing relationship with your family. I don't know if it's simply because I'm cynical about family relationships but I think that's so rare. What a wonderful blessing for you!

Laura {happily ever} Parker said...

It's so nice being close to family. My sister lives 6 hours away and it makes me sad I can't see her and my nephews more often :(

Christiana Marie said...

So sweet!! I agree- my family is my greatest blessing too!

Jovana {TasteofAugust} said...

I love this post! Reminds me of all the blessings He has provided us! Even though I live in the same city as both my family and in-laws, I oftentimes see them once per week...this post makes me want to see them right now!

Diane Kimball said...

I agree! Family really is the best thing in life!

Kristin said...

I agree, family is the best!

Charity said...

Gosh I totally know what you mean. I have a friend who is at home with her family and everyday I try to convince her to see how blessed she is. I guess sometimes you can't really see it until you are on the other side. Being married brings on another dynamic to family relationships. I live 1300 miles away from my mom and family now - I totally wish I could see them everyday like I used to. It looks like you had a blast with your family. You are blessed because you know how blessed you are. I have finally realized that I am blessed to have a loving family. We are all flawed in one way or another but the love is definitely there.

Julie @ A Simply Sweet Blog said...

Love family! I have a huge family and hated it at times growing up, but I love it now. So funny how growing up brings you so much closer to your family.

Bailey from Becoming Bailey said...

I agree that my family is my biggest blessing. We haven't always seen eye to eye on everything, but they're always on my side when it truly matters. I'm so thankful that my sisters and I are especially close.

PatB said...

You are blessed to have such a wonderful family and I am blessed to be part of it. Love, Grandma Pat

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