Yes, I was raised with two brothers. However, I really have 6 sisters and 7 brothers, most would just refer to the extras as cousins. My dad comes from a large Catholic farm family. He was the baby of 7, who in turn blessed my grandparents with 14 grandchildren. Of course the age spectrum is wide, as one would expect, but I was truly blessed to call some of these my best friends.
|Cousins 2013 (Missing Russ & Shane)|
|This seems like a bad idea...|
But the best part is that the cycle has not broke once the weddings have been had and new branches have been started. The cousins still see each other, the children are friends with each other and the cycle continues. Maybe one day Aunt Jenn can have some of those little minions visit Texas. I'm sure they would have fun stories with that trip.
Some days it is these exact people that make living in Texas so hard. In reality, it is being so far from family that is the only negative of living in Texas. Of course, some days it is a blessing in disguise. However, today is one of those hard days as we say goodbye to Aunt Mary. Her life was cut way too short and was called home on Thursday. After talks with my parents, since I was just with everyone and saw her just a few short weeks ago, they didn't feel I needed to come back. It has not been an easy decision as I am sure there are plenty of laughs going around right now as everyone remembers the stories to be had and I am missing out. However, I know I am there in spirit and have said my extra rosary's for Mary.
What is the saying...We may not have it all together, but together we have it all. I am truly blessed.