I've been doing a lot of crafting lately (in case you haven't noticed by my posts and facebook status). But last night as I was trying to wind down before bed, I didn't have thoughts of new projects swirling through my head. Instead, I was thinking of my family. It made me want to pull out my lap-top and start writing about them....but it was almost 11pm - so I thought I probably better wait until today's lunch break! :)
James - I can hardly believe James and I will celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary this coming June. We've certainly had our ups and downs, but I am SO proud of all we've accomplished in our first 10 years, and can't wait to see what the next 10...20...30... have in store for us.
Braxton - This boy makes me want to pull my hair out and squeeze him tight with hugs and kisses all in the same 5 minute time period! He's SO smart. He's #2 in his class for math, and #4 for reading, and I am SO proud of him. He's also doing a GREAT job in wrestling this year. He the nicest (sometimes) and also the most ornery (most of the time) big brother ever....but I have a feeling that he will always be very protective of his little sister, and I think they will always be very close.
Keely - She is my baby girl...but I am also thankful that she is growing up to be a lovely young lady. She's still my snuggle bunny (I secretly hope that she always will be). I love watching her be a "mommy" to her baby dolls, and a singing, dancing little diva in her dress up clothes. She tries hard to keep up with her big brother. I am so anxious to see what her interests will be....dance? gymnastics? sports?
Extended Family - We laid to rest my great Aunt Esther a week ago. I am very happy that she is at peace with the heavenly Father. She had been praying for him to take her for over a year, and at 98 years old - she was ready. I am SO thankful that my grandparents (my children's GREAT grandparents) are still with us, as well as both of James' Grandmothers. They are so special to our family. I am also FOREVER grateful to my parents, my mom, and James' parents. It is SO important for children to know and have a relationship with their grandparents. Knowing that more family than just their Mom and Dad care about them and expect them to do the right thing and work hard in invaluable. My brother - I am so proud of him. He has made a lovely home with his wife and daughter. He is currently serving his 2-weeks with the National Guard, and I am so Thankful for him and all he does. My sister is having a baby! OMG...but she'll get it all figured out, and has family to help guide her. My baby sister is in college - again, OMG! She seems to be doing well, and I am VERY proud of her.
So, these are my people. Kind of seems like I just wrote a Christmas letter or something - but whatever. These are my people, and I LOVE them VERY MUCH.