I heart my family

27 Mar

This past weekend was a rare instance. After my sister’s short stint of living at home, and then moving to Columbus, it’s been awhile since the five us have hung out together.  It made me realize how quickly life changes.

Just yesterday, I was playing in the backyard with my siblings, fighting over whose turn it was on the tire swing. Fast forward to now, both my sister and I have full-time jobs and my brother is about to graduate high school.

And things are about to change even more. We found out last week that my brother was accepted into the United States Air Force Academy. For someone who has dreamed of this since he was 12 years old, it is incredibly overwhelming, and we couldn’t be more proud of him.

If you’re not familiar with the USAFA, let me brag a little. The laws governing appointments require that you have a nomination to attend the Academy (but that doesn’t mean you’ll be accepted). Joe received two nominations, one from Congressman Tim Ryan and one from Senator Sherrod Brown. Now that he’s been given an official appointment, my brother is part of an elite group of individuals. He will receive a top-notch education for free, with a scholarship valued at more than $415,000. It’s incredible, and I’m so happy for him.

It also makes me realize how much things will continue to change over the next few years. Moving forward, it will always be a rare occasion when the five of us are together. That’s why I’ll relish moments like this past weekend. We all sat around the kitchen table telling stories, laughing and enjoying each other’s company. When it comes to my family, it doesn’t get much better than that.

So cheers to my amazing brother and all the exciting changes ahead. It will only make the times we spend together that much better.

{Who would have thought the dork on the right would be a USAFA cadet?}

One Response to “I heart my family”

  1. Uncle Bob 03/28/2012 at 6:01 pm #

    I knew it all along!!!

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