Family is forever…words can never describe the gratitude I have for my entire family. I look back on how I was raised, and realize it has made me who I am today. It has shaped and molded me to be strong, caring, sensitive, trusting, and knowing that whatever life brings my family is that rock that will not crumble under pressure, will not crack with tension, and has the capability to shift like the tectonic plates that form our earth. We can shift to adapt to life, and continue to grow no matter what age we are.
No one has a perfect life, or upbringing and I have come to accept that. In a family with 4 other siblings, being the second to the youngest, I don’t think my family even knew I existed. What it did do, was allowed me to venture along the creeks of my parents ranch, climb trees, climb the hills, ride 4 wheelers to the river, make mud pies, drink out of hose, and as a child ride my bike 7 miles to town. My upbringing brought freedom to explore, to adapt, and to be creative. My past has shaped and molded me, transformed me, and made me grateful to have a family. I hope someday my own children will pull out the positive from the negative, and realize it has given them a platform to build, to climb the mountain, and to grow in their own lives.
“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” Says the LORD who has compassion on you.