Today is my parents anniversary. My mom married my step-dad in November 1984 when I was 5 years old. We’ve had our share of ups and downs but overall I love my family more than anything in the world. I love that we have so many wonderful shared memories and I love that my mother made it a point for us all to spend as much time together as possible so we could develop the bonds we now share.
So, I love my family! I feel like I’ve mentioned that a lot in my blog but it is because I do. Like for reals. I love my sisters and the humor we share so much that sometimes that it hurts. A song comes on and I immediately think of them. Something someone says and I laugh out loud because it reminds me of this one time… well, you get the point. You name it, it makes me think of them.
And I love that.
Yesterday I was listening to some Christmas music… yes, I understand it’s too early but I love it so much that most often I start secretly celebrating in October. Anyway, I heard the Jackson 5 singing “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and I couldn’t stop laughing (it’s probably our favorite version).
My littlest sister, Lauren, absolutely loves the fact that he says, “tickle tickle” in the song. So, now, whenever any of us hear it we immediately think of that. Enough so that I texted Ashley and Lauren and mentioned the song and Ashley wrote back, “TICKLE TICKLE!” Even funnier, Lauren wrote back, “OMGGGGGGGGG TICKLE TICKLE. LOL.” So you can see where I’m going here. Every one of us shares in our inside jokes and I just love it so much.
I have lots of friends and some of them are super close with their family… but very few of them have similar family experiences. When I realize that… it makes me appreciate my family even more. I know that as a kid I fought against our “family trips” with a vengeance but now I look back on them and am grateful.
My mother always made it a priority for us to spend time together. We always had family dinner with no TV or music or other distractions where we got to share our experiences from that day and talk and laugh together. We would all get in the car early on a Saturday and just drive. We’ve experienced so much history in the Virginia, Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania, Tennessee area… and then when we moved to Florida we did the same thing. I know more about this state than people who’ve lived here their whole lives.
I am eternally thankful that I have been blessed with such an amazing family. Not only do I have a great and loving relationship with my sisters, mother, and step-father, and everyone on mom’s side … but I also have a father and grandparents and extended family on my dad’s side that demonstrate regularly how wonderful it is to have family that loves you. Although we are certainly not perfect and we’ve had our share of troubles, we have some great memories.
As we near this holiday season, please remember what is truly important in life… and cherish those whom you call “family”. Never take for granted the blessings in your life and for those you know who may not have the blessings you have… reach out to them. Last night, in small group, we talked about how God = Love. The first and second thing that Jesus commands of us is to love our God and love our neighbor. Never forget just how important that message is.
God bless y’all!