One of Eight.
That’s me… I am one child of eight. Yep – seven brothers and sisters, that’s 4 boys & 4 girls; six people older than me and one younger. Strangers usually ask me where “i fit in the mix” and I usually say “I’m the second youngest“. It’s my little niche within my family. A very comfortable spot that I happily call my “home”.
Having a big family is actually pretty awesome. I grew up with someone to talk to, hang out with, fight with and sympathize with – all. the. time. STILL TODAY! Despite the differences in ages and personalities – all 8 of us get along wonderfully.
Obviously we know how to push each other’s buttons – which we all like to do in some way or another – but thankfully we all have a pretty good sense of humour that the button pushing and teasing doesn’t result in too much hurt. ( And if anyone is gonna be sensitive and cry about the teasing – it is almost always going to be me ).
Each one of my brothers and sisters are incredible in their own way. There’s a million reasons what I love about the whole lot of em SO to give you a glimpse of the beauties I call family I will give you a little synopsis of the awesomeness they all bring to the world (mine, especially).
*To make this more fun & a bit of a challenge they will be unnamed in an effort to get them to guess their descriptions! So: Lana, Ryan, Mandy, Jennifer (Bobbie), Moraldo, Davy and Josh – here’s to you. XO .
**disclaimer – these are randomly ordered – you are all my favourite.
Sibling #1: Being around you brings out a saucy / jokester side of myself. Sometimes I say inappropriate jokes or take things to far, but I can USUALLY get a laugh out of you. You love a good debate and I think I’ve learned to just agree with your opinions or I might start crying – haha. I enjoy chatting with you about every day things and people. We aren’t the closest in age but it doesn’t even matter. You are a hard working, very loving, husband & dad and I admire you for all that you are. There are a lot of things we have in common – VEGAS being one of them and I personally think we have a silent bond when it comes to humour and that my pal, is what I love most about you.
Sibling #2 – You are as silly as they come. MY GOODNESS you used to drive me crazy when we were younger but it made me love you 1000 percent more. My friends were scared to come over to the house because of the little trickster that lived there . When you stop by my house I am grateful that you thought of me ( and Rob & the kids). You bring a sense of happiness to everyone around you. I am forever grateful to be your sister & love giving you my advice whether it is solicited or not. You make life fun and full of laughter and that is what I love most about you.
Sibling #3 – Oh, you. Still to this day you drive me crazy (in a good way). Is it possible for you to NOT give me a noogie and make fun of me every time you see me? I hope not, because that is what makes you YOU. Your sense of humour is debatable (haha), but your love for the people and the world around you is not. You truly are one of the most authentic people there is. You make life real and make me think about the deeper and greater things that this world has to offer and that is what I love most about you.
Sibling #4 – Many of the things I am today (or strive to be) come from you. It is with great admiration that I call myself your sister- and I am very proud announcing that to everyone we encounter together. Half of the things that I consider “my favourite” are not necessarily even my own – I copied you… When I am feeling down – you know the exact words to lift me up. Thanks for letting me vent to you – and for always being available to share a glass of wine when I need it. So much of who I am today is because of you. Sweetness and realness radiates from you and that is what I love most about you.
Sibling #5 – Oh you… Every family event is more fun (for everyone) when you are there. Your dry humour is definitley my favourite thing about you – along with the fact that I usually always have another wine drinking partner at family gatherings. Tons of my childhood memories include you in them – especially because my best friend was obsessed with you I like to think of you as one of my best buddies – we have always had a lot in common including our very lovely trip to France (your chaperoning skills are questionable though ). Anyways, no matter what, I know that every time I see you I leave happier and that is what I love most about you.
Sibling #6 – From you, I have learned many things about life. When I think of the word “joy” your bubbly self pops into my head. Love pours out of you & I am grateful to have you. There will NEVER be anyone in this world that is “YOU’er than YOU”. We have had some pretty awesome memories and we always had high hopes for being on “Star Search” together. You inspire me in more ways than you know and I am forever grateful for that. I am proud of you – my love, xo. You make this world brighter with your smile and that is what I love most about you.
Sibling #7 – Okay – well if anyone knows you, they can expect laughs FOR SURE. There is something about your presence that makes me feel safe and at home. Even though you are such a freaking wild card (and I mean that in a good way); Whoever is near you knows that they are getting THE REAL YOU. You make life honest and exciting. My memories of you include lots of sleepovers and you ALWAYS being willing to drive me and my girlfriends to the mall when we were younger. I don’t remember a time that you have EVER let me down and you always, always, always bring a smile to my heart and that is what I love most about you.
That’s that. A little glimpse into my own personal happy place.