Week 3 & 4 – Gratitude Challenge Family / Family Member

Okay, you are probably wondering why I am doing week 3 & 4 in the same post, well it is due to the fact that week 3 is about family, week 4 is a family member. I thought it would be better to coincide the two.

Family according to the Oxford Dictionary:


  • Treated as singular or plural, a group consisting of two parents and their children living together as a unit. A group of people related by blood or marriage.

When I sat down to start writing this, it was difficult to know where to start, I have a small family and it is not just two parents and their children, what about aunts, uncles and grandparents? Although we do not always talk, live close to each other, or see each other regularly, I would like to think we are close. Everyone’s families are different; you may all live in the street and see each other every other day, however at the end of the day, it is how you stick together.

Having two wonderful aunts that are super talented, one with knitting and quilting (who I have mentioned before) one who is an artist living by the sea, and an almighty talented uncle who is a photographer, although I do not see much of them, we pull together when the going gets tough. They had wonderful parents, my grandparents and we keep their memory alive.

My sister has a young family and they bring joy to our lives. My two nephews are such characters, they are absolutely adorable. Admittedly with my sister, we are not close, but we have definitely had each other’s back in times of need. (She does not like her photo being taken, so I do not have one to share)

Two Nephews

Although we do not always agree, where would we be without our mothers? My mother is my best friend, this year I have asked her to walk me down the aisle and be my birthing partner. Saying that it is the best honour she has ever been given. There are times when there is frustration, tears and tempers, however, there is always love and unconditional support.

Mother & Daughter

At the beginning of this year, my mother found and reconnected with a long-lost relative. This has made our little family a little bigger as our Uncle is larger than life and although going through some health issues, he is able to share family memories. It has given us the realisation to appreciate every member and we feel blessed to find him.

This year sees myself and Mr N become a family, something we have always wanted and we can’t wait. At the time of writing this, there were two months to go, we were ready and prepared for our little one to arrive. 
As an avid Disney fan, my favourite mantra for my family, I take from Disney’s Lilo and Stitch:

My family may be small, but I appreciate them highly, I cannot wait to have our family extended with the arrival of our daughter this June. If there is one thing to be grateful for, it is family.

To coincide with week 4 of the challenge – Family Member, I chose my mother. I found this poem that sums up our relationship and I am grateful.

My Heart

© Sharlynn N. Manning

Published on February 2006

She’s always been there for me
Just talking to her can make me happy
She tells me of the hard times she’s been through
In hopes that I won’t go through them too
She’s an independent woman of stature and grace
She has beautiful eyes and a lovely face
An audacious strength from deep inside
In her I know I can confide
She’s my guardian angel who’ll always be
A very special part of me
She takes pride in caring for her kin
She gives us hope and things to believe in
If I didn’t have her there for me
I wouldn’t be half the woman I turned out to be
I Love You, Mum

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/always-there-for-me-2

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