As mentioned in this post, this week I'm writing about Things for which I am Thankful*. Today's installment of thankful thoughts centers around things related to family.
- I am thankful to be married to the perfect man (for me). He may not be perfect (who is??), but he's perfect for me. We have a similar sense of humor, similar values & priorities, and similar tastes in entertainment and home decor. All of the above have helped us stay strong for nearly 17 married years now - that and the fact that we've only tried to wallpaper together once. That's a guaranteed marriage-buster right there - heed my words, newlyweds!
- I am thankful for my great kids. Everyone says they have great kids, but I can say it with pride and confidence. I'm not saying they don't give us a single moment's trouble, but our moments are pretty rare, and mild. They are continuing blessings in my life - we enjoy our time together as a family.
- I am grateful for the many things we do together as a family - the four of us gather most nights for dinner, whether around the dinner table, or while enjoying one of "our" shows. I cherish the times we watch shows or movies together, and am grateful we can usually decide what to watch together fairly quickly.
- I am thankful my parents and brother live here in Kansas City - it makes holidays much easier to coordinate, and and family get-togethers more frequent. Not to mention, they're just generally nice to have around.
- I am thankful my in-laws also live here in town, and that I get along with them beautifully. We generally see them several times a month, and I just can't imagine what those times would be like if we weren't so fond of each other.
- I am thankful my parents and in-laws are so involved in my children's lives. They frequently attend school functions, and often take my kids to various appointments when we're at work. The convenience factor is high and welcome, but I also appreciate the time that gives them with the kids. I grew up with my grandparents three and four hours away, and saw them only for holidays and birthdays. My kids know their grandparents as people, and that is a blessing for everyone involved.
- I am grateful my grandmother is still with us, and living here in Kansas City too. She turned 90 this year, and can still be counted on for a quippy comment and some good stories. She is a blessing at nearly every family gathering.
What are your family blessings? It's time to count them!* While grammatically correct, I realize this series title doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. I'm open to suggestions. :)