My momma deserves the biggest mention ever. That woman is my rock!
I put a post up recently about how I stay positive, and I mentioned lots of things in there that keep me happy and sane but then focused on my friends. Now it’s family time! And I’ve got to start with my mum. She is always here with me…she’s sits with me every a&e trip, come with me to the ward, settles me in and goes home after hours of waiting around. Whatever time she gets home she will still be back for visiting. She packs my bags, does my washing, brings me food and drink etc. She is the first one to message me every single morning to see how I am. And all of this whilst getting on with the busy life she leads at home. I love our time we get during visiting to catch up, or sometimes just sit and relax and do nothing, sometimes not even talking, just sitting together. 🙂
My mum is amazing. This week there has been 2 of us in hospital and she has been going between the two of us most days, having meep overs, looking after the kids at home, keeping the house running, looking after my dad when he was unwell, keeping an excitable doggy entertained, all with a really painful frozen shoulder that needed cortisone injections this week. She even put off her appointment for us all because she knew she had no chance to rest her arm like she would need to. I don’t know how she’s managed this past week, right on top of Christmas and new year when it’s meant to be about taking time for the family she has had so much piled on her. Can’t have been fun or easy. Our family Christmas time has been ruined, definitely. But we are a great family, and although we had the plans to make this time of year special, we are always together. We are a close bunch. Like the ghost of Christmas present says in The Muppets Christmas Carol: “it’s true wherever you find love it feels like Christmas!” It’s Christmas all year round in our family!
My Dad is the greatest dad ever. I don’t know how I lucked out with my parents. They’re the best! My dad is such a funny person. He has the best sense of humour…he sent me this this admission:
My dad hates hospitals. But there have been times when there was no choice but for him to come see me. There’s been nobody to visit so he’s come in on his own and sat with me (sure he’s ate my sweets and watched the tv…anything to keep him happy hey?!) I know he’s there, and I know when he’s not working he’s usually bringing my mum here or keeping the kids while she visits. I love my Mum and Dad. Together they’re the greatest examples to us and the best team ever. We Cain kids got lucky!
My sister…she’s had a hell of a week to deal with too! Her littlest baby is in hospital, and has been sick since before Christmas. I know the strain me being sick has on my mum and I’m 25…Jessica is 4 months old and has been really poorly. That’s got to be heartbreaking stuff seeing this little kiddo:
My sister is usually up at the hospital as much as she can, and I know she would have been here too but her baby is the most important right now. I’m sure during my next admission Nicky will be right up here with mum in a&e or visiting times! My sister is one of my greatest friends. Honestly, put my mum, my sister and me together….hilarious! I love her so much! We just match perfectly as sisters, especially now we are older.
My little brother…cainy hates hospitals. And I’ve not seen him much when I’m admitted. He hates seeing me sick. But I get comments and messages of him that shows he cares. He’s another one that’s perfectly matched to me…I love spending time with my brother. There’s 8 years between us, but we still enjoy hanging out together, having a laugh, going the pictures or for food, and he even came to visit me and play board games with me this admission! I love my little brother, he’s a great person and has really turned out to be a credit to my parents.
After those 4 amazing people, you’d think I don’t need anymore blessings right? Well I’ve got these three little lovelies to call nieces and nephew:
They can bring a smile to my face whenever….they’re the best kids, so full of love! Charlotte kept asking me something every day before I ended up in here, without fail, every time she saw me she would ask: “Aunty Jo, we’re friends aren’t we?” To which I’d reply “best friends” and I’m not lying. I’m 25 and 3 of my best friends are 6,4 and 4 months old! Being an Aunty is the best thing ever!
Then there’s their dad…my brother in law is hilarious! He fits into our family brilliantly! He always makes me laugh and we’re always joking around! He’s sussed us out and figured out a way to survive our crazy family!
After that bunch…I have an endless supply of aunties, uncles, my nan and cousins, all there supporting me and wishing me well. I love having such a big family, and we all care about each other. There have been times when someone didn’t have quite enough money to visit me, but raided the change jar to get money for the bus and buy me sweets, when there was nobody to have the kids so my mum could get here to me so somebody has had the kids so my mum and dad can get here when they really need to.
I know I’m blessed with my family, I couldn’t ask for a better bunch in my life. And I definitely had to count them in my blessings when thinking about my year, recapping 2014, my family is definitely my greatest blessing 🙂