Sunday, September 4, 2011

Day 4: Family

Today's blog challenge post is all about Family.

I'll start with a picture of our little family of three from last Christmas. J.D. and I eventually would love to have another baby but I will say now, that is not in the plans for at least a few years! Trey is our everything and we are really enjoying just being the three of us.

This is J.D.'s little sister you will often here me refer to her as "my sister". She was 7 when J.D. and I first started dating and I have watcher her grow into such a smart and loving woman. (Agh that feels so weird to write - I feel like just yesterday I was buying her barbie dolls!) It also helps that we look similar (except I WISH I was that tall and skinny!) and love the same things. She is the worlds best aunt to Trey and while she attends college a few hours a way we are still very close and skype frequently with Trey. He thinks the world of her. She and I share a closeness that I have never known before, we are best friends and each others biggest supporters. We bicker and fight some times and while at the time I may be annoyed I sometimes secretly think "cool, so this is what it's like to have a sister!".

J.D. also has a little brother who is 17, he's too cool for pictures, and whatever else we are doing so clearly that's why he isn't pictured here. But I will say he is shaping up to be a great uncle to Trey and really does love him!

I am also very lucky though to have J.D.'s father (not pictured - couldn't find any good recent ones) who has always really made me feel loved and appreciated. I know that I can turn to him with anything big or small and that he thinks the WORLD of Trey!

This is an old Thanksgiving picture of myself with J.D.'s mom and Grandmother. Unfortunately his grandmother passed away right before Trey was born. She was such a huge part of our family and we all miss her dearly. J.D.'s mom and I have an AMAZING relationship. I have always been able to turn to her for help and advice. She is an awesome grandmother to Trey and he loves having "date nights with Nana"!

And the last picture that I am sharing is of my Mom and I. She is Trey's Grammie and is a wonderful person who has been dealt a tough hand of cards. Without going into a lot of detail right now, I'll share that she has a condition called neuropathy (not caused by diabetes, sadly cause is unknown) and last December we found out that my father who has always been abusive in a verbal sense (to us both, again, more on that at another time) had been physically abusive towards her for years and it was getting worse and worse. They are now in the middle of getting a divorce and I have cut all ties from my father.

My brother is also missing from this post as he was killed during my freshman year of college , he was 24. I know that him and J.D. would definitely be best friends and he would cherish Trey like no other. I miss him.

I will leave this post with this:

All of my close friends I call Trey's aunties and uncles. I call J's daughter Addie, his cousin. Because in my mind, this quote could not be more true.


Anonymous said...

I love this post! You have some great people in your life. Sorry to hear about your mom and dad. :( Ugh...what an awful situation to be in.

Grove Gals said...

i LOVE that quote! You have been through so much this past year with your mom and i am so happy you are surrounded by such supporting in-laws.

Daisy said...

Such a nice post - your family (all of them) seem so wonderful. I'm sorry about the tough times though - but I'm glad you and your Mom have stuck together.

Mallory said...

I look like a blubbering idiot right now, this post made me bawl my eyes out. You are such a treasure Lis!

Cheryl E. said...

This is such a great post. I am so glad to see you are so close with J.D.'s family. I know you have had a rough time with some of your family and hope everything turns out to ok. As much negativity is going on wiht your family you will just learn to be a better wife and mommy to your family. You are a great strong person.

The mention of your brother made me cry. Losing a sibling is not easy, not easy at all. I am still not even close to be over losing my sister and that was several years ago.

Keep strong girl :)

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

So glad you're joining in the fun! I loved learning all about your family!

Rachel said...

Beautiful post about your wonderful family! You have overcome so much in your lifetime, but you also have so much to be thankful for. Love you friend :)

LG said...

You and I have more in common that I ever knew! I bet we could have some cocktails and some tears together!