This post is specifically for 4 people.
My aunt, my uncle, my dad, and my sister.
Over the weekend, Ty and I got to spend it together while the four of them took care of my daughter, fixed my car, and detailed it.
Whimzy had an amazing time, and now has a new best friend, Angie.
My dad played soccer with her, and she got to go shopping for a present for mommy and daddy (which she signed herself!).
Then, less than 24 hours after we got our newly cleaned and fixed car home, one of our belts blew. My uncle and aunt drove to pick my car up and he spent the entire evening fixing it, which included a freezing cold drive because the belt that blew controlled the heating.
Four years ago, I would have never thought that I would be in such a great relationship with any of them (except maybe Angie).
We all went through some pretty terrible stuff and I didn't handle any of it well. I was lost and scared, and despite everybody's best efforts, I couldn't seem to get past it. Misunderstandings, lack of communication, and overall bad decisions on my part had, I thought, irreparably damaged my relationship with my family.
Then, this weekend (and I have realized it before, but it really hit hard this weekend) I realized how much I really depend on them and how my life would be not nearly as amazing without them. They give my daughter grandparents while my mom is incapable, and my dad is a great grandpa to her. My holidays, big events, and everyday life all involves them somehow. I look forward to seeing all of them, especially together. I am constantly seeing things that remind me of each of them.
There is no way that I will ever be able to re-pay them for the support that they have given me, or even the car cleaning/fixing that they did in the last week, but I really want them to know how much I love them, and how happy I am that I get to call them, and spend time with them.
My mom may not be able to be with me for everything, but I have an amazing aunt, uncle, and my Dad to fill that hole. Not to mention my awesome little sister.
I love you guys and I hope you understand how much I appreciate every one of you.