The best part about family is the we can be ourselves. It’s a safe haven. It’s a comfort zone. It’s where we share the best and worst of ourselves and it’s ok because these are the people who have our backs 100%. It’s where my five year old lashes out and shows his ugly side, because he knows I’ll never stop loving him. It’s where my 8 year old can cry and express her sadness about life, because she knows she won’t be judged. It’s the people who allow us to be our true selves, no matter what. And I’m thankful for it!

Im blessed to have family in many forms. I have my biological family, which includes some step parents and siblings. I have PJs family who loves us like we are their own, and I have amazing friends who’s families have taken us in to be a part of them. All feel equally safe, and we feel loved by them the same.

As a child, all I wanted was my family. As a teenager I wanted to be as far away from them as humanly possible. And now it’s come full circle, and they are the people I want to be with all over again. And the good news is, that “family” has grown so much!  I just can’t get enough!

There’s the other side to all this love. It comes when we disagree. What happens is we see things differently and immediately turn the ugliest side of ourselves on…Thinking we are trying to help, but instead only hurting one another. My question is why?  Why?  Because when my conworker or friend upsets me, I bite my tongue and try to avoid any confrontation. Then I plan a private time to discuss what’s bothering me. Why aren’t we doing that with the people we love the most?  Don’t they deserve the same, if not more, respect than those who don’t love us unconditionally??

I think they do. I think I should be better about this. I think we all should!  Love the ones who love you the most!  And pray for those that don’t. If I’ve learned nothing else over the past couple years, I do know now that life really is so very short. That there are always other sides to a story, and it’s always possible to work it out if two parties are willing!

SO…LIVE, LAUGH, and LOVE!  And remember these people who love us the most won’t always be here. There’s no time to waste holding grudges!

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