famI have been blessed not only with loving parents, a supportive brother, and the man of my dreams, but with another family that treats me like one of their own. For Christmas, my parents came to visit and we headed to Oregon for the good ole’ ‘parents meeting for the first time’ thing. It was more than Chris and I could ask for. We just had our engagement party last night and it was the best feeling to have all of our loved ones in one place to celebrate and come together again. Family is what got us to the point we are at in our lives now and family is what will get us through the rest of our lives together as a couple, and for that I am so incredibly grateful!

Reflecting on where I have been and where I am going, I’m thankful for the family in my life that will always care for us, laugh with us, and encourage us every step of the way. Let’s think of our loved ones today. They may be sitting right next to us or miles away, but none the less they must know that they are loved.