Today, I'm thankful for
Though he is 7 years older than me, I feel like we are very close in age. Must be because of how mature I am. HA! But really, we are both just very young at heart and have a ridiculous sense of humor, which equals a strong bond. The best Christmas present he ever gave me was a calendar of all our funny faces we make. We are quite ridiculous together. And even though he has little children of his own now, we still find time to act goofy together, and now the chillens (yes, you read that correct, chillens) join in on the ridiculousness that is Beanzer and Broseph. And for your information, Broseph is just one of his many names. For example, Jeffy, Jefferson, Hefty, Jebby, Jeffari (ala Janelle), Jubby, Brudder, etc. So many special names many have developed for him over the years. haha.
But in all seriousness, I am very thankful for my brother. I love him very much. I have never felt the age difference between us because my brother always made me feel loved and important. We had the best times in the car riding for hours to our family vacation destination making up words, secret languages, songs, you name it. And every Christmas Eve, we'd sleep in the same room talking the night away about nothing and everything. I can even remember one instance where I bawled my little 3-year-old eyes out because he was going to spend the night at a friend's house and I didn't want him to leave me. He gave me one of his favorite toys to hold on to for him while he was gone. And I still remember it, and I was 3! Yes, it was a bribe (and it worked), but it meant a lot to me. I took really good care of that toy for him, too!
He has taught me about God, perseverance, faith, hope, unconditional love, the importance of joy and laughter, family, forgiveness, patience and parenting. It also needs to be said that he is one of the best father's I know. I'm sure he doesn't feel like it all the time, but he is very patient, loving, supportive and strong for his family. He is one of those strong, silent types like my own dad. He brings so much joy and laughter to my life, and for that I am extremely grateful.
Love you, Broseph :)