OK...so sadly I have to start this off with an apology to Rachel for cheating a little bit. I did not write this thank-you out on paper. And part of my reasoning is that I am addressing an entire group of people...and when faced with either not thanking them publicly or doing it without paper...I chose the latter. And they all read my blog...
So my first thankful on paper post is for my fabulous bunch of in-laws. Yes, I said in-laws. My family. If everyone could include this bunch or type of people in the group that they call "in-laws" then the terrible stereotypes that surround in-laws would be quick to dissolve.
I truly have the best group of people in my family. Starting with my husband. Who is, without a doubt, the kind of man that you should be praying that your daughter marries one day. He is one in a million. He is a gentleman. He has dignity and honor. He takes his duties as provider for his family very seriously. He loves and respects his family and looks to them for their advice and wisdom. He is kind and gentle and kids LOVE him. He is a lover of God. He is plainly and simply and complexly a GOOD MAN. I love him with my whole heart and I am so thankful for all he has done for me...including bringing an awesome group of people into my life.
My mother and father in law are truly great parents. I am so thankful for the great and Godly examples that they are for both Doug and I and my kids. They go out of their way to make sure they are part of our lives and that my boys know who they are. They advise us without judgment, they pray for us and watch out for us in a way that doesn't hinder us doing for ourselves. They are supportive, kind and loving. And I am so thankful for this mom and dad in my life. I love them.
And then there are my brother and sister in laws. If I had pages and pages to fill about how awesome they are and how much I appreciate and love them...I could fill those pages easily and then some. Each and every one of them are great at what they do...they are all hardworking, God seeking people. Whether it's stopping by for 15 minutes while they are in town, or rearranging their lives when we are in their town, or being here with Moses when I was induced with Aaron, they go out of their way to make sure they love on my boys, and have a relationship with them. Doug and I know without a doubt, that if anything were to ever happen to us, that any of these siblings could and would raise our boys with love and care in a way similar to what Doug and I would want. And like I have always said, loving on my boys is the quickest way to my heart.
Even though they may have been a little uncertain of me in the beginning...I feel like God has worked in and through and around all of our relationships and (I'm assuming here) removed any doubts they ever had of me. I feel like they love me and accept me for who I am...even with my lack of internal GPS, dislike of all sports and preference for crocheting on a Friday night. There is no need to pretend to be what I am not...I can be real.
With all of my family I believe that God is knitting us all together, ever tighter...that we are all learning to glean from each other the things that can be gleaned. That God is drawing us closer and building relationships that are ever stronger. I can't say whether or not their feelings on this matter reflect mine...but I hope that they do know that I am thankful for the family that they are to me and to my boys. Even THEIR in-laws are a great part of our lives. Each and every brother and sister is blessing to me and I love them and am SO thankful for them.
And now they know.
You can head on over to No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane to read all the other T.O.P. She's on west coast time so it will be up later. :)