Grateful for Family

I have always been grateful for family. I think of my parents while growing up and a young adult making my place in the world. I think of my grandmother and the wise words she would often say. I think of my godparents who shared thoughts with me and helped me to experience new things. The family of my youth will always be important to me.

As an adult I created my own family after choosing a man to be the husband and father. I now have a man who supports me and children of my own who love me. We have experienced good times as well as difficult times. Through the difficult times it was my family who supported me, who gave me hope and the courage to continue. A few days ago I saw this meme on Facebook and it describes perfectly what my family have been to me when I felt no hope.


This week I am grateful for my family and for the support that they give me.

What have you been grateful for this week?

Last week:

Lavendar Ladi was grateful for music

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I enjoy reading what others are grateful for – the posts make me think of other things I am happy to have in my life. Please remember to send me a pingback so that I know you have participated.

34 thoughts on “Grateful for Family

  1. I have been grateful for discovering your blog a few years ago. I actually came across it while searching something about Shannon πŸ™‚ I’ve always been surpised by how you see beauty in the smallest things. Your blog is something I check at least once a week; your posts have become something to look forward to and it’s always a treat when I see a new blog post and can read a story/your thoughts about your life. Through you I’ve been getting more insight in South Africa, Canada, the work as a teacher and functioning in the educational field in these countries, and the way of thinking of someone (a mom, a wife, a teacher) who lives in another country – all topics that capture my interest. Your stepson has also been someone who has been inspiring me so much since the moment I came across him about five years ago and I know he will continue to do so. So, if it’s possible, it would be such a pleasure to send him my greetings (he knows who I am). I hope to continue to read your posts and share my opinion once in a while for many more years to come! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much An-Katrien. It is always good to know that my posts are inspiring. SO often we think of our own lives as mundane, never thinking that what seems normal to us, may be interesting to others.
      I will definitely mention you when I see Shannon this weekend. I know that he too wishes to inspire others to believe in themselves and follow their dreams. πŸ™‚


  2. I have always told my children, the greatest thing I can give them besides my love, is the love of family. I am inspired by your posts, Colline. You have a wonderful outlook on everything.

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  3. I like how you led us right into the meme form fb! Enjoyed your sweet words and how your family has been a nice support system for your family now! At first I was not sure how i felt about the meme – well just a side note to share – I was trying to process the well pressed/wrinkle free shirt the dad was wearing – and the string angles the artist used- and then I realized it was extra special because it had the white collar feel – I guess highlighting hard times impact everyone- anyhow – just an interesting meme for sure

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    1. I did not notice the pressed shirt Yvette – I focused on the body language of the people. I know that when we were going through some very hard times, we tried to keep up appearances by dressing correctly and keeping our hygene going – it helps to keep you hoping.

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      1. yes, I can see that important side of it – and someone once said that “feelings follow behavior” and so keeping on and staying strong can be a wise coping strategy – but I guess not if someone is faking it and avoiding the problem solving – you know – and living in the persona because they are caught up in a cycle of survival mode without addressing the real issues – lol –

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        1. That is true. But if your family is truly supportive they will help you see the issues as well as get you through them. It is always hard, I think, to accept what is out of your control and not to let them affect your self esteem.

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