Thursday, November 11, 2010

30 Blogs: Siblings

Before I start my "30-blog-challenge-sibling-post" -- I need to give a shout out to all the Veterans who do such a great service to our country! Ryan and I had our traditional (3rd year now) Veteran's day lunch at Applebee's -- where he got a free meal.

I also ran 20 miles prior to this lunch date - so let me tell you I was ravenous!!!!!!

Now onto siblings....

I started writing a post 2 days ago on this. But it turned into a book. I started writing about each sibling I have, and the unique traits they have that has impacted my life. But it would've gotten long -- for my siblings are as follows:
Chad, Emily, Kevin, Julie, Emily, Jason, Lisa, Erin, Nick, Michael, Alexa, Sophia, and Jack!!!

That's a long list! I consider my sister/brother-in-laws siblings too. When you marry someone, you truly marry into their family I believe. So instead of writing a 700 page book on sibling love, I'll break it down into 2 sections

1) My Immediate Siblings: (Chad, Kevin, Emily, & Lisa)

-I feel great comfort knowing that these are 4 people who will always be close to me throughout my life. No matter what changes happen in life, or where our jouney takes us -- there will always be get-togethers at the lake cabin and holidays that will bring us together.

-Their unconditional love brings incredible joy. As I've grown, I've gotten much closer to my siblings.

-Growing up, I wanted to be just like my siblings. Maybe a litte too much. In other words...I annoyed the crap out of my sisters & brothers!! They put up with one annoying little sister!! ;)

-I would not be the person I am today if it weren't for my siblings! I always strived to be "like" them -- so I think it matured me faster. I look up to my brothers and sister whenever I make a big life decision, for they always have and always will be role models to me!!

2) In sibling-in-laws (Emily, Julie, Jason, Erin, Nick, Michael, Alexa, Sophia, & Jack)

-It is hard for me to separate Emily, Julie, and Jason as "in-laws" first of all...b/c they've been a part of my life since I was like 7 years old! They are definitely family to me. And besides being incredible people - they make my own brothers & sister VERY happy. Our family would NOT be what it is without my sister & brother in laws!

-Erin, Nick, Michael, Alexa, Sophia, & Jack are Ryan's siblings -- who I am very blessed to have such awesome in-laws! I always worried I'd marry into a family where the siblings were disapproving and cold to me. But that is definitely not the case with Ryan's family. They are all like family to me and I am so lucky to have them!
-Alexa, Sophia, & Jack are younger than me -- which fulfills one of my dreams of being an "older sister".... Growing up, I always wanted a younger brother or sister. But, being my Mom & Dad were 40 when they had me, I learned pretty quick that this was NOT going to happen! It's so fun to see them grow up -- and we live 1.62 miles from them -- so get to see them often!

(....Just to explain why I know that I live 1.62 miles from my in-laws...(which comes across odd and creepy, I am sure) -- I run my neighborhood every day with my GPS. And I run by their street every time almost every time. I know the mileage down to the tenth of a mile everywhere in my community. )

My siblings are on the top of my list of "favorite people in the world"! I wouldn't be the person I am without them!


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Oh my gosh, I never thought about how many siblings you have when you include Ryan's siblings! Holy moley! That is a lot!

I kind of complained about being in a big family when i was younger because I hated sharing the bathroom and I hated sitting in what i thought was the worst spot at dinner (wow, I sure had it rough...). Now I love being part of a big family! Can't wait for us to all be together at T-giving!

And I agree - I don't really make much of a differentiation between my in-laws and siblings!

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Lol wow I just got SOOO confused reading this about how you had this many siblings- for some reason your siblings husbands and wives made sense to me but I forgot about Ryan's- I was like HOW ARE THERE SO MANY? Makes no logical sense because I only have Eric's brothers as my brothers-in-law since my sis and bro are much younger than me and not married :)

So glad you included all of them in your siblings. I wanted to include Eric's brothers in my mine but it was getting long and crazy. I love them too though.

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

I can't believe you have SO MANY siblings between all the in-laws! That is intense! But you are very blessed to have so many great people in your life :-)

I laughed out loud when I read that you live EXACTLY 1.62 miles from your in-laws. Lol!

Mama Nastase said...

Awww...I love this entry!

It's so funny to think of your brothers and sisters as so much older than you, your parents seem so young to me. Also, I met them all at your wedding, so from my perspective, you're all "adults" together. (Does that make sense?!)

I am so happy that you consider Ryan's brothers and sisters your "siblings", as well. That means so much to me!! I do know Alexa and Sophia look up to you as an older sister and that makes me happy as well, because you are a wonderful role model for them!

You are truly blessed with a VERY large and unique family, Abigail Nastase!! I'm glad you enjoy it.

Marlys said...

Great post, Abby! I grew up in a pretty large family - 7 siblings, and I love each and everyone one of them, too! I can't fathom life without them and their spouses are also like family to me! Paul's family are like family to me, too! It is so great to have lots of family to love and learn from and lean on when we have to!