Grateful 52 - #2

Hey friends! I can't believe January is already coming to an end and with it means its my Dad's birthday! This makes it the perfect week to tell you all about my family. I am beyond grateful for my family and all the support they have given over the years. Probably the best way to describe my family is loud, entertaining, outgoing and adventurous. The four of us, my mom and dad and older brother, have always been ready to take on the world and learn new things. 

Dad

The word that comes to mind when I think of my dad is "run". An avid runner and marathoner, he is incredibly self disciplined and determined in everything he does. He is such a hard worker and always instilled such work ethic in to my brother and I. This isn't to say he can't have fun - I attribute all of my goofy quirks to be from him and it's awesome. I can remember as a kid going to the store and him turning his ball cap sideways and walking around like  a goof to make us all laugh. He's one of a kind and never afraid to be himself which I appreciate so much. 

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Mom

My mom is the artist of the family. She is creative and intellectual all in the same breath. She has an eye for beauty and pattern that mine will never come close to. She loves browsing antique stores and has a knack for taking old pieces and re-purposing them in to beautiful and functional pieces for the home. Whenever I find myself in need of some ideas and inspiration, I always know I can call my mom and talk through some ideas. Other than being the creative heart behind me, she is also my biggest fan and confidant who I know I can rely on. 

RJ

My brother is definitely the outgoing charmer of the family. He is always ready to talk and meet new people and have a good time. I can always rely on him to back me up in silly and stupid situations and I know that I can call him for an adventure any time. He is the one who taught me to be confident in myself, to never lose sight of who I am and to never take life to seriously. There is always room for a little fun. RJ is a talented cook and always whips up something delicious as well as being an avid outdoorsmen, fisherman and new hunter. Life definitely wouldn't be the same without him around to adventure with!

Lauren

The newest member of my family is my brother's wife, Lauren. She is definitely more than a sister-in-law and I'm happy to finally have a sister to lean on in life. This girl is incredibly kind and sweet and cares so deeply for her family. She is excelling at her job in the social work field all while getting her masters. I am constantly inspired by her drive and ambition in life to care for those around her and succeed in her passions. I'm so thankful to have her in my life!

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