This past week I have been prepping/organizing for our annual family reunion that’s coming up soon. I have been setting up a photo slide show that has almost 500 pictures to display at the reunion.
As I looked at all those faces, young and old I got sentimental about my family. I have cried over the photos of my Grandparents/Aunts/Uncles/Cousins that have passed. I set and reminisce about my family. I have some wonderful memories of all my family.
I have some amazing cousins. They all shine in their talents, gifts, kindness and love.
My cousins are my friends. When I sit and think about each one they amaze me.
I may not have a lot of contact with some of my cousins but I do love each one and I know they have my back.
I am going to share some things about my cousins/friends so you too can know I am not being biased. These people are amazing.
So many of my cousins have lost both their parents. I can’t imagine the pain they have gone through. But they all have survived and come out better people. Some have become my extended brothers and sisters. AMAZING!!
The cousins that have lost parents are not bitter. They are sad but still loving. They are happy. I don’t know if I will have that kind of strength and grace when it happens to me. The good part for me, well, because it’s all about me….. I now have people that I know will be there for me when it does occur. I have a support system in place for one of the worst moments in a person’s life. I couldn’t ask for anything more. AMAZING!!!
I have a cousin that has survived 2 brain surgeries in less than a year due to tumors. She is amazing. She is a Christian and never lost her faith in God or asked ‘Why me”. She lost her mom (my aunt) just a couple years before the surgeries. Through this trial she was upbeat, always cheerful, and talking about her future. She didn’t lose her faith and she is still one of the kindest, caring person I have known. She is working and planning on going back to school to get her Nursing degree. AMAZING!!!
I have a cousin that is a missionary. She is married and has 5 kids. She and her husband have taken their kids on mission’s trips for years away from their families. She too has lost both her parents. Raising 5 kids is no easy task, let alone packing up and moving to another country for 3-5 years at a time. Her 2 oldest are now in college and both are going into the mission field as well. She did something right. AMAZING!!!!
I have many cousins that are or have served in the military. Some have made some major sacrifices to service. Some have been divorced, moved away from home for many years. Some came back, not the same.
Each one has a pride you cannot describe unless you know a military person. There is a pride that’s ingrained in them. They stand taller, have more confidence. They seem to be fearless. They made the decision to protect our country and our family. AMAZING!!!
I have cousins that will and have given their shirt right off their backs, just to help someone out. They will give you their last dollar just to help you, even when they need that dollar. My cousins care and love others. As the Bible says, we are to be servants to others. Meaning to help others, no matter the cost. AMAZING!!!
I have a cousin that has the most angelic voice I have ever heard. She put herself through college. She traveled all over the country singing with her college team. She lost her mom (whom she sang with at church). She has lost a brother too. She is a teacher for little ones and sings to her students now. I want to be in her class. She is one of the sweetest, most forgiving persons I know. AMAZING!!!
All of my cousins are successful in some way. Some have their own business. Some are at the top of their game in the jobs they hold. They all have raised fantastic kids. Married some of the best people you could ever meet. Some have more than one degree from college. They all have the best skills just to survive this wild ride called “Life”. AMAZING people!!!
My cousins always come through in a crisis. They are the first people we call and they are the first ones there to lend a hand. I have a few cousins that stand out in this area for me personally. They are always there to take my call, always there to listen. Always there for advice. Always there the help me or just a shoulder to cry on. These people are AMAZING to me. They show me true kindness and love. I have no reason why they do this for me but I am so grateful.
I have so many more cousins, but I’m afraid that I will leave someone out and I don’t want to hurt their feelings. I know I have mentioned some by the achievements or just their amazing story. But ALL of my cousins shine.
I wish all my readers could come to our family reunion just to see what an AMAZING family I do have.
Sorry if this seemed like I was bragging, well, I was. J
I love my family deeply and I would not be ½ the person I am today if it weren’t for all your love and support. You all are AMAZING.
Let me know about your amazing family. I would love to hear about them.