Family is so important to me and is a huge part of my life. Growing up I had such an incredible childhood and as an adult I’m even more aware of just how special it was.
On my mother’s side we had Mema and Papa, my mom has a brother and sister, both married and they all grew up together in the same small town. I have four cousins; two girls and two boys and my two sisters and I make for a total of five girls and two boys. All of the cousins are close in age, waterfall style. We were pretty much a year apart going down the line. We got
together once a month, if not more, for family birthday parties at my grandparents’ house. Holidays were always special and we always had the best of times. Also, my Mema is one of a kind. She would host slumber parties for the cousins and as if hosting a cousin slumber party wasn’t enough she always had a theme for us too. One time it was crazy hats, another time it was bringing your favorite recipe and we got to help cook and eat everyone’s favorite foods! I also remember there being a scavenger hunt.
That was just my extended family!
My parents made life amazing as well. We took trips when we could and they made such an effort for holidays and birthdays. My mom always made a homemade cake the night before your birthday in our family. Every morning on the day of my birthday party I remember waking up and coming down the stairs to see the house decorated and the perfect cake, flavored per the birthday girl’s request, on the table ready to go. It was so special.
I grew up playing softball and basketball. My mom helped coach my summer basketball team and my dad coached my summer softball team. My parents were so involved in my life and it means so much to me how much they cared. They were so supportive in my childhood and even today they are so proud of me for everything I’ve accomplished and a lot of it is because of them.
I am very close with my parents, even today. It was an important decision for me getting to know Drew’s family when we were getting serious. I was looking for that same family that I had growing up and I found exactly that. Drew’s family reminds me so much of my own that it felt like coming home.
I don’t say all of this to brag. I say this because of how important my family is to me and where I am in my life today. I’m aware that not everyone has a family like this and I am so incredibly grateful to have the support from my family and my husband’s family. It’s helped me become the woman I am today.