Earlier this week I thought I found a sweet deal on getting some prints made for some pictures.  I frantically started sorting through the years pictures to get a handful of print worthy shots.  Turns out – I had a lot more than I originally had thought.  Also turns out the “deal” I had found wasn’t so much of a deal after all.  But it got me to looking through pictures from this year.  And as I do around this time of year, I started flipping through the year.  Laughing at silly things, and reminiscing on just HOW MUCH has changed in this year alone.

I was also looking for a good Christmas card photo – because do you know how difficult it is to get a family photo when ½ the people are in another country?  Yea.  We might just have to use photo shop!  Or webcam.  But I digress.  As I looked through the pictures I realized something (and not just the fact that we need to get more family photos) I really am thankful for my family.

Now, I will be the first to say – I cant always say that, honestly.  I am not always honestly thankful for my family.  But today.  I can.  So today.  I am thankful for my family.  Who puts up with me.  Like no one else.  Ive touched on a bit with my mom, but today I am thankful for my family – as a whole.

I have spent time alone.  And I crave time alone.  I guard my alone time (twice a week) with a vengeance.  I need my alone time, as harsh as that sounds.  But there is always something – about getting back together.  About being with someone you care about, and know cares about you.  That unspoken bond.  The fact that you know someone has your back – and you don’t even have to ask them to.  To know that you can freak out, get mad, and say pretty much whatever you want, even if you don’t mean it (sorry guys) – and they will still be there for you.

My family is far from perfect (but hey – Im not perfect either) but today – I am thankful for them.  Thankful that they are always there for me.  Thankful that they are my family.  And not someone else’s – because no matter how much I think I want a different family sometimes (because other families obviously get along ALL. THE. TIME.  Right??) I wouldn’t trade mine in for much.  Just kidding.  Wouldn’t trade them in for anything.

Today?  I am thankful for my family.  Tomorrow?  Probably not so much.

The Fam in London – the beginning of the year.

(Not the best shot – but hey, what can you expect?)

2 thoughts on “Thankful #5

  1. RoSy says:

    I will contradict your ending & say – That’s a wonderful shot! 😉

    Here’s a link I use to order prints all the time & have never had issues with them. I’ve used them for years – have ordered in bulk & have gotten my Christmas cards from them for several years already too. They are based out of the US. You are in the US right? Or- is that your sis?

    1. CJ says:

      Cool! Thanks for that link – always nice to have a place to order pictures, and know someone that has ordered there and hasnt had problems 🙂 And yea, Im in the US. 🙂

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