This past week we spent a lot of time with Josh's extended family after the passing of his step-grandpa, Gary. Funerals are never the preferred reason for getting the family all together, but family is one of the things that helps the most when going through a sad time.
I have always known I married into a great family, but this week I truly realized that I hit the JACKPOT when it comes to in-laws. Josh is the oldest cousin in his extended family, so there are tons of cousins close to our age and just a little younger. I grew up being right in the middle of all the grandkids, and while I am close with several of my cousins, I never had a cousin close to my age.
It is definitely an interesting experience gaining a second family when you get married. I was a little worried that I would have a hard time not being with my family the whole time on holidays, but it was a much smoother transition than I expected. I seriously love Josh's immediate family, and all of his aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. They have all welcomed me into the family with open arms. I do not know how I got so lucky, but I am forever grateful.
I feel so blessed to have married into such a great family. I feel almost as comfortable around Josh's family as I do my own. And I must say that another reason why Josh and I were meant for each other is because I don't know if very many girls would be able to handle marrying into a family of 5 boys. haha. Growing up with only older brothers, I have had to learn to tolerate being teased constantly and how to hold my own. Having those qualities is a necessity if you marry into the Meadows family! :)