My Family

My Family

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Gratitude Challenge Week 3: Family

I am little late on this one, and there's a very good reason. I am honestly having a really hard time with this topic. Not because I am ungrateful for my family or because I don't love them. Because I am and I do, more than they will ever know. What I having been struggling with is how to put it into words. To me family isn't just the people that you are connected to by blood, but those you choose to surround yourself with. The people that you share every part of your life with. The one's that you know you can count on when all else fails.
I am fortunate enough to have an amazing family. They're funny, loud, creative, passionate, and supportive. We've seen a lot of sadness and have come out on the other side closer than we were before. I am grateful for their humor. For their ability to come together when it really counts and they way they support each other. I am so thankful to be a part of a family that can argue and fight but when it comes down to it, they've always got your back.
And when you want to complain about your family that can sometimes be your toughest turn to those friends that are your family. I have a very small circle of friends, and they are very dear. They're the ones that I share absolutely everything with, they know me better than my "real" family. But like my family, I know that when it comes down to it, I can call them and they'll be there. And, ultimately, isn't that what family is about? My "family" are those that I know that I can trust. The ones that bring positivity and happiness into my life and into the lives of my children. They're the people that know everything about me and still love me. And I am forever grateful for them, even though I may not always say it. -K
The Huber cousins way back when.

My siblings, all 4 of them and my kiddos, celebrating Dad's life.

Eric, Aaron, Mama, Kristin and Me.

Our Florida family, what a great trip we had!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Gratitude Challenge week 2: My hubs

I'm taking this challenge seriously, two weeks in a row! This week's topic is spouse/significant other. I'm not usually all mushy about my hubs, so this is a little weird for me. I mean, I tell him that I love him many times a day, but when it comes to gushing about him to others...well, I definitely have room for improvement.

My husband and I met almost 16 years ago. I was going the Medical Institute of Minnesota with his cousin, Stacy. He came to visit one week and the rest, as they say, is history. He quickly moved in with me and we were engaged a year later. And then, surprise!! Two years and a day after we met, Cameron was born. It's been a wild ride ever since.
This is shortly after we met. A couple of crazy kids that liked to party.
Jimmy always does his best to humor me and my crazy erratic thoughts. I always want to do a million and one things. My mind never stops with ideas and randomness. He just smiles and nods, and will try his hardest to make them happen. He supports my many hobbies, and encourages me in any of my endeavors. When I said, "I don't want to work 70 hours a week anymore, I want to be home with our kids." He said, "Okay, we'll make it work." I left my job and my bread winner income to stay at home. It was a big risk, and it has been a rocky road with lots of ups and downs. But he supported it without a second thought.
He goes to work every day, even though his body aches and his hands go numb. He thinks of me and the kids first, despite what his work is doing to his body. He takes on side work to make ends meet and sacrifices his time and hobbies to do it. He would give any one the shirt off his back.  I am so lucky to have such a loyal friend as my husband. Even if an estranged friend called him today and said they needed help, he'd find a way to do it. 
Our second wedding. Yes, we had two.
He is a phenomenal dad, but he will say that he wants to do more. I call him the "Fun parent", as he's the one that wrestles and goofs around and causes mischief. I'm the one that yells and makes everyone do chores. We are a good balance. His laid back, happy-go-lucky attitude balances out my high intensity, get it done yesterday mentality. And though I don't say it often enough, I am one lucky gal to have him as my partner in this crazy life. -K
On our trip to Anna Maria Island, FL this past June.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

52 week gratitude challenge

I have been away from my writing for a very long time. This has happened for a number of reasons. 1-I was working too much. 2-My kids have a crazy schedule. and 3-I've been really depressed.
That's hard thing for me to admit, I am the one that carries everything. If I fall apart, then so do a lot of other things From all things household related, the kids schedule to Girl Scout leader stuff, and the list goes's on me. Sometimes it becomes so overwhelming that I feel like screaming. Or sometimes, I just don't care and want to give up. Then I think about my kids and the others that rely on me and I keep on truckin'. A good cry every now and then helps too.  So, in an effort to get myself back on a positive track, I am going to work on this 52 week gratitude challenge. Each week, I will write about a different topic and what I am grateful for. My hope is that this will help me to see more of the positives in my world, and help me get out of this funk. I choose to not medicate myself when these funks happen, I'd rather FEEL the sadness than not feel anything at all. Also, maybe a trip to the beach will help too (Jimmy, are you reading this???.) I hope to use this as a way to guide myself out of this dark spot and back to where I need to be. If winter could go away that would be helpful too. :)
Thanks for reading and being a part of my self therapy. May the new year bring you love, joy, and laughter. Until next time....-K