On the Sixth Day of BooksFaithLove

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On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Family.

This post might make me emotional because my family is everything to me. In my previous post, Fifth Day of BooksFaithLove, I mentioned that you are born into your family, but you get to choose your friends. I can say with conviction that there is no other family I would choose to be born into than mine. I have four siblings from my two wonderful parents and I can truly say I don’t know what I would do without them. Each of my siblings are married to wonderful people and I adore all my nieces and nephews. I understand that not every family gets along with each other so I know I am blessed to say that my family is considered my best of friends.

It’s unusual for all five of us siblings to have the same views and type of personality. We get each other to the point where we don’t have to exchange words to understand what the other is thinking. When I need to discuss something, I know that I can go to any of them and they would drop whatever they’re doing to listen to me. And I have learned different traits from each member of my family that I would like to discuss with you.

Loyalty

My oldest brother has a way of showing loyalty that is inspirational to me. He shows a fierce love for his own family as well as toward us siblings and our parents. There is a ten year gap between me and him, but our friendship is something I cherish. I’m proud to call him my brother.

Strength

I don’t think I know anyone stronger than my sister. For starters, she’s more than my sister, she’s even more than my best friend. She’s my other half. Our relationship means more to me than anything in the world and I am forever grateful to have her in my life. Everything that she has been through has shaped her into the woman she is today, and I admire her for not giving up…even when her circumstances called for her to do just that. Her faith in God is inspiring. It shows her strength and willingness to trust in God despite unexpected tragedy. I have learned so much more from her, but strength is the first word that comes to mind.

Empathy

My older brother – the middle child – lives his life with empathy toward others that can only be modeled after Jesus. His love for Jesus shines through everything he does and I am constantly learning from him. Our conversations easily go on for hours and hours and I love every single minute of them. He doesn’t shy away from talking about the difficult topics, but it’s never done in a malicious way. There is always so much care and love behind his words and actions.

Dedication

My younger brother means so many things to me, but dedication was the word I chose. He’s hilarious, driven, and an amazing man of God. When he wants to accomplish something, he will make it happen! My sister-in-law calls him “the magical unicorn” because the most random things will simply go his way (haha!). However, he is dedicated toward his family, his job, and most of all his walk God.

Love

I have learned a lot about love from my father. We’re not your run-of-the-mill lovey-dovey family, but we are vocal in how we show our love for each other. Being that there were seven of us growing up in the house together, we learned that each of us had our own personality and our own way of showing love. My father worked extremely hard to provide for us so his love language was strong in that sense. I’m so thankful for all of his hard work and his gentle spirit in showing how much he loves and cares for his family.

Faith

If there was ever a woman that I wanted to model my faith after, it would be my mother. She made the decision to follow after Jesus way before my father ever wanted to hear about God. She would bring all five of us to church on her own all while learning to grow in her own relationship with God. However, not after long, my father also decided to live his life for Jesus. But the strength, determination, and love that my mother held set our family on a path of faith. And for that I am eternally grateful. I watch her day in and day out seek after God with everything inside of her. She strives to live by Jesus’s example and let me tell you, it shows. I’ve learned so much from her and I am beyond proud to call her my mother.

My family

has shaped so much of who I am today. We’ve learned from each other’s strengths and weaknesses, challenged one another to be the best we can be, and formed a bond that is so strong it will never be broken. They are a gift and I love them more than words could ever express.

Merry Christmas and God Bless

Xoxo

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