Let me just start out by saying this: The whole idea of “when you marry someone you marry their whole family,” is SOOO true. For some people, this is a bitter aspect of marriage, for others it’s the icing on the cake.
For me, it’s definitely the latter. Becoming a Grandlienard not only meant I married my dream guy, but I also gained one of the greatest families ever. From Stuart’s parents, to his siblings, to his extended family, I seriously love them all. God blessed me beyond anything I ever deserved by bringing me into this wonderful family.
One of the best parts was that I gained two new sisters. I have just one brother, so growing up of course I always wanted a sister. Six years ago, I gained one sister when my brother, DJ, married Annie. She has become one of my very best friends, and someone I go to for just about everything in life. It feels like she’s been my sister my whole life, I’m so thankful that my brother chose her! But because we’re so close, I honestly didn’t know if any other sisters-in-law could ever compare to her.
Then I met Jessica and Emily, Stuart’s sister and sister-in-law. They are so fab. When it comes to sisters-in-law, I hit the jackpot. Jessica and Emily have quickly become two of my best friends as well, and I am so thankful to call these three amazing ladies my sisters.
Jessica, Stuart’s sister, is engaged and getting married this coming June. Being female like I am, of course I’m super excited about her wedding, and I’ve already had fun helping her plan some of the early details of her day. All along, I’d hoped she’d ask Emily and me to be bridesmaids, and figured since we were her brother’s wives we would probably be included.
Well this past weekend she gave me a little box and inside the box was an adorable tree ornament and a note asking if I’d be her co-matron-of-honor with Emily!! I was SO surprised and felt so honored!! (And of course I cried…I’m female, remember?) In her note, Jess talks about how important her family is to her, and how she couldn’t imagine showing that better than having us be her matrons-of-honor. Again, I tell you, I really did get way more than I deserved by marrying Stuart.
Both Stuart and my families view family in very high regard, and the older I get the more I really appreciate this. I have moved around so many times over the past few years, said goodbye to old friends, made new friends, then said goodbye to those new friends, all of which has been really hard for me. I just want to put roots down somewhere. But it’s made me realize that my family is those roots. Whether they’re near or far, they’re always a part of me. (And don’t get me wrong, sometimes people’s friends become their family. I definitely have friends that have been family in my life!) Friends will move in and out of your life, but family is forever.
And I am just so thankful that the family I have is the absolute best.