I have some crazy outrageous number of cousins on my dad’s side of the family. I was pretty tight with a few of them (Hi Carrie! Hi Cassie! Hi Dustin!) but the rest unfortunately fade into memories of family reunions and bad haircuts. My mom’s side comes with one cousin and my step mom’s side? Three. Far more manageable. I’m happy to report I can remember all of their names but wish I was able to see them a little more often. You have three grandmas, two grandpas and four great grandparents still living. I love hearing stories from all of them about when they were younger, especially lately hearing ones from Gigi about raising her three kids. Hearing her admit to collapsing into sobs in the kitchen of her new house from exhaustion and feeling overwhelmed with the big move, a new baby and an active three year old put into perspective that these days I have with you girls won’t last forever, and soon enough I’ll be sitting around the dinner table retelling stories about you girls as tiny little babies and the days we struggled to get by as a family.
With our family spread far and wide we don’t get together as often as we should, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy the time we have together as much as possible when we have it. Here’s my side of your family, the ones that made the biggest difference and will be in my heart, and therefore part of your heart, forever.