I LOVE.....My Family and Friends

This one will NOT be easy y'all.  For two reasons......1.) I may cry (which you already know I am not a fan of and 2.)  I will inevitably leave someone out!  But, here goes nothing.

I LOVE.....my family and friends.  I am super blessed to have such an amazing family and awesome group of friends.  Each one of them has something super unique that I absolutely adore.

 

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Have you ever read the book "The Five Love Languages" by Gary Chapman?  It is a great read.  My #1 is most definitely "acts of service".  Somewhere in our 19 year relationship KC figured this out and speaks it FLUENTLY!  

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These guys are as opposite as night and day but I love them just the same.  Reed (left) is passionate, strong willed, and super competitive.  I have no idea where he gets that from!  ;)  And Hunter (right) is gentle and so laid back.  How precious is this picture when Hunter was just a baby?!

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My parents divorced when I was about 12.  You won't here any step parent horror stories from me.  I was blessed with great ones.  Barbara (dad's wife) is pictured in the snow picture above with the hat on and JL is in the picture below.  Both of them have been so good to me and my kids adore them!

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Great day!  I was cruising along completely dry eyed and then WHAM I added this!  How adorable is this picture?!  It is so "him"......that smile.  My Paw Paw is a jokester.  We both get a kick out of picking at each other.  Just ask the hubs.  KC is 5 years older than I am and when we first started dating Paw Paw named him "Uncle Kelly".  LOL!  He still calls him that to this day.  But as much as he loves toying with us all, his love for our family is that much more!  (OK NOW the tears are really flowing!)

Anybody remember Glamour Shots from the 90s?  LOL!

Anybody remember Glamour Shots from the 90s?  LOL!

And this chic.....well this is my BFF from day 1.  I can't make a single decision without asking her!  I may not listen to her advice but I at least have to know what she thinks.  If I am shopping for a big item and she is not with me, she knows she better be by a phone.  Otherwise I am crippled with the thought "what should I do".  This is my BFF, my matron of honor on my wedding day, my mom.  (Is anybody reading this and NOT crying?)

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This is my Dad.  Everyone loves my dad.  My friends get just as excited as I do when they hear he's coming to visit.  I'm sure it has something to do with his "pampering skills".  He just sets out to make sure everyone around him is happy.  I can't get too deep this time.  He's still hasn't recovered from the earlier post I did about him.  He's a cryer!  Sorry dad!  ;)

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How about this guy?  This is my little brother, Bert.  Who for the first half of my life, TORMENTED me.  I cannot even begin to tell you the fights the two of us have had.  The best one may be the time he held a pillow over my head and told me to take my last breath.  I kid you not!  But thankfully God had bigger plans than two fighting siblings.  We are super duper close and as you can see in this picture we love being silly together.  Want to know another God plan?  This guy here, the one that held that pillow over my head, the one that blackmailed me as a teenager, he will be my Pastor one day fulfilling yet another one of my big fat dreams.   (Wooooo where's the Kleenex?  Dad are you ok?)

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These ladies above are my family, my friends, and my spiritual "slappers".  Daisy is on the left and Sara (Bert's wife) is on the right.  I am not a fan of being told I am wrong.  I know, it's hard to believe.  LOL!  But, these ladies know they have an open invitation to preach to me at any time.  The "slap" may hurt but if it's coming from them I will take it!

The folks above are who I do life with.  My friends.  My group.  Don't get me wrong throughout my life I have gained many friends.  But it's this group that for the last few years has become inseparable.  So much so, people jokingly call us the "clique".  There is not a weekend that goes by that I am not with at least one of these people.  Remember a few weeks back when I posted how I had gotten some really sad news and God was dealing with me about it?  Well, 2 of these people are moving away.  :(  But just like Bert, I know they'll be back one day!

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Like I said at the beginning, I know I will have left someone out.  I have LOTS of cousins, aunts and uncles, old friends, new friends, in-laws, and adorable nieces and nephews (thanks to my nephew Cris I am now a great aunt) that I am so thankful for.  It would take me days to post all of your pics.  Just know that I love you all and I am so thankful that I can claim the picture above!

What a fam!  Reed may not speak to me for posting this pic!

What a fam!  Reed may not speak to me for posting this pic!

The people mentioned above are my heart and because I want to be super corny I am adding a heart shaped compact mirror to the prize basket!  :) 

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For all of the giveaway info, check out yesterday's post!  Tomorrow is the last day!  Good luck and see you then!

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