Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Family

I feel so blessed to have the family I have. It wasn't always this way though. When I was 7 my parents got divorced and it felt like my world was ending. Me and my sister knew it was coming after the years of fighting but it still felt like the rug was pulled out from under us. I don't think you can ever prepare for that. I know that now-a-days it seems like no big deal, but to a 7 year old its a life changing event. So much so that it caused partly my downward spiral as a teenager, but we'll save that story for another day.
I want to talk about the good things that happen also. I was lucky enough to have 4 other siblings brought into my life. 4 other people I would do anything for. People who are not my blood but are wholeheartedly my brothers and sisters, my family.
When I introduce them I never say "oh, and this is my step sister." No. These are my brothers and sisters no matter what anyone says, forever.
We have grown up together for 21 years. For 21 years they have been my family. I am so grateful for that. I will never be able to express to them how much they truly mean to me or how thankful I am for them.
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But family goes back farther than that. I have amazing grandparents! They teach me so much. They taught me to garden and plant trees, to work hard and do things for yourself, they taught me to craft and create. They have taught me many many things and I adore them so much. I feel blessed to have young grandparents and to be able to know them and spend so much time with them. They have wisdom that should be passed on. Wisdom that should be shared and treasured forever. I am lucky to have walked in the woods, and mud puddles with them. I am lucky to have crafted and dug up flowers with them. I am lucky to have them.
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That leaves us with parents. They deserve a category all their own in my opinion. They are worth it. No matter how much you dislike or think they are ruining your life when your a kid, the older you get the more you realize that is not the case.
Sure they will do things they are not proud of, they will make mistakes, they are human not superhuman but the older you get you will make mistakes also maybe even those very same ones. They are there to teach you, to let you learn from them. I have learned. I have learned who I want to be and who I don't want to be. I have learned how to be as a person and how not to be. I have learned that no matter what has happened or will happen these are my parents and they are the exactly right ones for me. That I would not have gotten where I am without them.
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I am a hundred percent sure that all the things that have happened or not happened in my family have brought me here and I have my parents to thank for that because I am in a good spot. I am happy with all my creating. I am married to Valdo who is amazing. I have plans and dreams. I have brothers and sisters I love and can't get enough of. I owe all of this to them.
I am thankful to the heavens for the family I have and I want to never take them for granted.
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9 comments:

  1. Family is very important and I'm glad to hear that you have an awesome one that you don't take for granted. Lots of people could learn from this!!!! 

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  2. This is so awesome.

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  3.  I agree 100%!!! things are not always great by any means in my family, but I know its all for a reason!

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  4. Val, I love your blog. I know I don't post often, but I do stop by nearly everyday!! Love getting to know you!! :)
    Please stop my blog, I left something there for you!! Have a great week!!

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  5.  melody it's so good to here from you! I feel like we haven't spoken in so long!!!!

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  6. Hi Val!!! long time no visit you =S I love the look of your blog =) 
    You are so lucky to have your family so close to you and you look gorgeous on your wedding dress =)
    Hugs,
    Ledesma

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  7.  Thank you so much ledesma!!! I do feel very lucky to have them here!!!

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  8. I love this post Val, it's so sweet. What a blessing :)

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