I Love My Boyfriend's Family

I Love My Boyfriend's Family

The family that is not quite mine, but makes me feel at home.
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When I started dating my boyfriend I never realized the impact his family would be on me. I am an only child coming from a small extended family. I had only dreamed of having siblings and a huge family. Well, my boyfriend was blessed with that type of family. His family is HUGE! The first year I was just thankful they remembered my name at Christmas.

My boyfriend's family have strong traditions. To name a few, every summer they gather and celebrate the Fourth of July and family. They always go go-karting and always get kicked out for trying to spin each other off the course, go out together for creamy ice cream on a hot summer night and always have amazing BBQ (some of the best I've ever had). Then there's the original holiday season, with secret Santa and midnight mass. They took me in like I was already part of these traditions. They made me feel so welcomed from the first family gathering I attended.

A side from the traditions they always have the best stories and strongest laughter. Even though I've only been around for a couple of years, I feel like I know so much of the family by the stories they share. I can join in on the laughter because I understand the beginning. I adore to hear their laughter.

This family raised the best man. He loves me and treats me right. He is outgoing, hardworking, and very smart. He can also be very stubborn and determined. There is nothing wrong with that, except that I am the same way, so it keeps the conversation going. He also grew up making bets with his cousins to show who was right. It helps squish arguments real quick between us! He makes me laugh until my tummy hurts, and I make him laugh until he can't breathe! We have so many adventures and laughs, we can't wait to share those with the family. They've raised a family-oriented, witty young man and I am so lucky to be dating him.

My boyfriend's family is frickin' awesome. They never hesitate to hug me when I walk in the door. They genuinely enjoy my presence. They are so full of love and support it makes my heart full. They are a strong support system that never fails. They are the kind of family you see in the movies, but the difference is they are REAL. I am so thankful to have come across such an awesome group of people.

Thank you to my boyfriend's family. Thank you for accepting me. Thank you for having traditions. Thank you for being funny. Thank you for raising my boyfriend right.









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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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