Day 5 of My Month of Gratitude

Day 5, you can probably guess where this is going, you’ll notice the theme of what I am most grateful for.

  1. My Husband
  2. My Children
  3. My Step-Children
  4. My Step-Grandchildren
  5. My Family
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I am lucky to have a lot of extended family who love me very much. I myself grew up in a blended family, and from a very early age I had a step-mother so I have extra family there too.

I’m very lucky to know, and to have always known, how much I am loved by my father, mother and step-mother, and I am very grateful for having them in my life.  All three of them have helped to shape me into the person that I am today, and I am thankful for that. I love the relationship that they have with my children, they are loving and kind grandparents who are involved with my children. As my step-mother had children when she met my father, and then they had a child together, I ended up going from an only child to having a family which is wonderful, as the benefits stretch into nieces and nephews and sister/brother-inlaws. Often other people can find it strange that a lot of my close family aren’t blood related, but that is the way it has always been for me and family is a lot more than just blood, it is about love.

I have lots of extended family from aunts and uncles to cousins, nieces and nephews, my Granny, grand-aunts and uncles, second and third cousins, step-aunts/uncles/cousins, step-grandfather and so on. It is always around certain occasions that I get reminded of how lucky I am with so many lovely family members. A family reunion or function often, or a birthday when the messages and calls come in and always at Christmas. December is a month full of me being so grateful for so much love. We have three main family events at Christmas, where we spend time with each side of the family, and I always come away from each of them feeling so happy to have such warm and loving family around me, that warm fuzzy feeling! When people make an effort to spend time with you for a family event it really shows their love for you.

I am really grateful for all of my family, I am so lucky to have so many diverse, interesting and loving family members.