Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Face of a Family

My Grandma, my aunts - Jan, Mary and Angie - and my cousin, Jackie.
January 2008
My mom, her twin sister Jan and me.
August, 2008

In the last couple of years, family has become increasingly important to me. I have come realize that of all the people you can count on in this world, your family is number one. They are always there for you, no matter what, and they will always love you, no matter what.

Every January for the last four or so years, my Grandma's four daughters and their families gather together in Jacksonville for my Grandma's birthday. This year is no exception, and I'm so happy that my aunts are here, and my cousin Jackie. We always have a great time and eating...and hanging out.

I have also come to realize that considering someone "family" does not mean they are related by blood or marriage, but rather any person you can count on as though they were your family by blood or marriage makes them family. I have a few friends that I consider "family" who are not related to me by blood or marriage. They love me because of me, and not because they have to or because their title of "family" may warrant it, but because of ME! I love them the same way, and we count on each other.

Today, and everyday, I hope that you will reflect on the people in your life whom you consider "family" and let them know how blessed you are to have them in your life.


Elizabeth Bowdren Photography said...

awww I just love your entry.... and how needed it is just to voice how invaluable our families are to us... and how they become even more important as we get wiser and slow down. (P.S. LOVE the dress on you!! haha)

missy sue | divine daredevil said...

Hi, Rachel! I came over from Scarlett's blog and enjoyed my visit!

Rachel S. said...

Thanks, ladies. I'm so glad you stopped by. I hope to get better and better at the blog thing. We'll see!

pinkcoffee photoart said...

i love the pictures in this post. what a beautiful family!

Rachel said...

Thanks for the compliments, Lyndsay! We have a great family, and our reunion/my grandma's birthday was a lot of fun! I'll miss seeing you at the PUG parties, but know we'll hang out again with Scarlett together soon.

If you're going to Vegas, I hope you have a great time!