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I have been talking about things that I am most thankful for during this month of Thanksgiving on Thursdays and here we are again! I pray that each and everyday you are blessed and take time to tell the Lord how much you are thankful for, enjoy!

Second in my installment of God, Family, Home and Country ~ I am thankful for my Family

My immediate family of course, my husband and three children mean so much to me. I am so very thankful that God chose me to have these people in my life. I strive to be a better wife, a better mama and all around nice gal so the fact that God even thought I could handle any more, a true wonder indeed.

I love that Hubby likes me. I know he loves me, but knowing that he likes me too, a true blessing. It tickles me to know that I can count on Hubby to make me laugh at the most inopportune time. He will blurt out some of the most obnoxious things and then I laugh like a hyena (not too attractive, I’m sure) and if it is over the top for me, I can promise a fine snort or two. I just told B (my 8 year old) the other day, “If the guy you plan on marrying does not make you laugh, then he probably isn’t the one for you.” I know I will be laughing well into my old lady years….thanks Hubby!

I love that I get to read to my children. I love that I get unexpected hugs and kisses from my growing babies. I love that I still get goodnight hugs and kisses from ALL of my growing babies.

I love that my oldest son can make me crack up laughing with a word, gesture, facial expression or heavens, with whatever….he is such the jokester! Yet, he is my biggest hearted fella, I pray he stays the same and that my future daughter-in-law is exactly who he needs and deserves. He stresses me out and makes me what to pull out my hair, but I am so very, very thankful that God blessed me with Bubba. He is the best kid in the world and the Lord knew just who I needed as my first kid….the one  kid that would love me regardless of all of the “first kid” mistakes I make as a mama.

I love that my baby girl, B, is growing up to be a beauty, inside and out. I am thankful for the moment last week when she gave her heart to the Lord and I can see immediate results in her little life. So much heart for such a little girl, my prayer for her is that she too will be blessed with the one man that sees her for who she is, not who society thinks she should be. She makes me laugh with her antics and brings a smile to my face when she tries to “mother” the cats and dogs.She yearns to be so grow up yet she still loves to snuggle. I am so thankful the Lord thought to bless me with a little girl, a baby girl that truly scared me to pieces. I have come to realize that God knew EXACTLY what He was doing and for that I am so thankful! I have learned and still have soooooo much to learn about being a mama to a little girl.

I love that my baby boy is still small enough that I can pick him up and snuggle him from time to time. Never before have I met a person that can make me feel like raging one moment then flip me around so quickly and have me bursting with laughter. This little boy is destined for some important job, I just know it! My prayers for him range from being diligent and obeying God (and us) to having a servant’s heart. This boy takes life with boys to a whole new level. I am so thankful that God allowed me one more joyous experience when He blessed me with Little Bubba. The boy knows just how to melt my heart and push my buttons! I pray that he too is blessed with the perfect wife to offset his temperament and can laugh at his antics.

Thank God that He thinks I can handle all of them, because I sure do like them!

My extended family numbers well into the large quantities! I have 4 sisters, 3 brothers, add ons, some stragglers and then some. Each and everyone of them mean so much to me. I am intensely loyal to all of my “family”. I do not take offenses lightly and sometimes I can do nothing for them other than pray. Thankful I have the prayer route because most of them live so very far away.

I can rant with my sisters and can still be confidant of the love that we have for each other. I can giggle and carryon with my sisters like no one else, and for that I am truly thankful! So many memories of growing up and holidays with all of us at mom’s house, cracking up and just plain having fun. Don’t get me wrong, I remember some doozy, knock-down-drag-out arguments too, but LOVE always prevails, every.single.time. Thankful for “family loyalty” love, nothing compares!

Many more family memories that I could dredge up and share, but not today, that will be for another post……or two, or three, or four…..

What are you Thankful for in your life today? Please share in the comments!

Many blessings today and everyday,

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