Part of the reason I do this blog is that it helps me take time to be thankful for the wonderful things in life that I can sometimes take for granted. Maybe it’s just me, but choosing something Christmas related is probably a little too obvious today. There’s so much to be thankful for related to this holiday that it almost seems a little too easy. Me being the occasional non-conformist that I can be, am going in a different direction.
The past few days at Becky’s parents’ house was a lot of fun. While I had fun with everyone, I noticed that there’s one family member that just always goes out of her way to make fun happen. Anytime that Rachel’s around you’re guaranteed to see her smiling and in a great mood. She has a self-deprecating sense of humor that always cracks me up. As a self-diagnosed crazy cat lady she owns the title and is the first one to give herself a hard time about it. Any conversation that she is a part of is made better by having her in it, whether it is her cracking a joke or a one liner, or the extremely animated facial expressions that she makes!
While this weekend she kept me laughing and having fun, there’s so much more to her than that. She’s incredibly giving and generous. Her nieces and nephews are well taken care of by her (& her boyfriend Tyler) over the holidays. But it’s not just generosity of material things, she’s very giving of herself. She wants to spend time with her nieces and nephews and makes sure that they are having a good time. Throw in the way she also serves her country and it helps emphasize the point.
So today I’m of course thankful for so many things related to Christmas, but I have to share my appreciation for Rachel. She may be a crazy cat lady, but she’s one cool cat… see what I did there? 🙂 Rachel, thanks for adding smiles and laughter to the past couple of days for so many of us family members, it wouldn’t be the same without you!