thankful for these people

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thanksgiving 2012 These people make my world go round. These people are so much a part of me. They are the people I have shared most of my life with (and God-willing more to come). I am thankful to have God loving and fearing parents who lovingly and sacrificially gave all of themselves to each other and to their children. My parents have taught me so much and everything they have done have most definitely shaped who I am today.

I am thankful for my siblings. There are four of us and I am the oldest, and I am so glad we are all finally at that place where we can actually be friends, instead of the constant bickering brother and sisters we once were. I’m thinking it’ll only get better as we get older. My brother says, “I bet you people don’t even know you guys have a brother!”

Very thankful for my little girlies. Motherhood is a crazy journey. My girls have shown me so much of God’s grace and it’s through mothering them, that I also see a lot of my failures. I am not a perfect mother and I struggle everyday. These girls are such sweet and forgiving little beings who just want to love and be loved. I am learning from them constantly. I love their little faces and gentle (and feisty) spirits. I am so thankful for them and I love being their mother.

Ben. I love that man. We are in this together and I love sharing this life with him. He has captivated my heart completely.

There are so many other people I am thankful for. I am thankful for our church family and how they constantly point us to Christ. I am thankful for my BFF (she is a second mama to my girls) and for the bond that God has given us and that we now also share with her husband John. I am so thankful for my mother-in-law and sister-in-law who God has used to grow and encourage me, and for their constant love to us though there are thousands of miles between us. I am so thankful for extended family, Ben and I have so many more relatives whom we love and cherish and are so thankful for. I am thankful for my close circle of friends, we’ve been stuck together since those teenage years full of drama (and liking each other’s boyfriends!) and over a decade later, we’re still so tightly knit and we hope our kids will be just as close. Besides being thankful for old friends, I am also so thankful for new friends. Most importantly though, I am thankful for Christ’s work he did in my place on the cross… “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.”

And I’ve already told you before, but I do really feel such gratitude towards all of you. I am so thankful that you take the time to visit Cakies. I am really thankful for this outlet. While there are some perks to blogging for which I am grateful, it’s the recording of memories, sharing of ideas, and the friendship and support system you get from readers and other bloggers that really makes this place so special. Seriously. Also, thank you all for entering in the giveaway and the winner will be announced on Monday.

Be thankful friends, it’s infinitely better for our souls to have a constant spirit of thankfulness.

P.S. While our hearts are quite full, they are also quite heavy as we have been praying constantly for the Tibayan family who is very dear to our church family. Their daughter Danika (she is high school aged) collapsed a few days ago and has been in a coma ever since. If you are the praying type, we would so appreciate you asking for God’s healing hand over her body and strength for her family. Thank you friends!

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17 Responses to “thankful for these people”

  1. jen t says:

    thanks for sharing, ruby. this warmed my heart. thanks for being real and so thankful for your life. i feel like i know your family through your blog and i’m envious…. these are gorgeous!

  2. Praxis says:

    soul’s little smile is TOO CUTE!

  3. That is so sad about the Coma that danika is in. I shall be praying. Keep us all updated.
    Your whole family is darling! I love the shot of all your girls and the ones of you with your siblings. How sweet all of these are though!!!

  4. Bethany says:

    I immediately prayed for Danika when I read that– God performs miracles all the time! I hope this is one of those. Your girls are getting so big! And SOOO beautiful. I love your family! I think the older I get, the more I love my friends and family more than anything else in my life. Tell your brother that I feel sorry for him but I’m sure he’s an expert at girls now! At least now he has a brother-in-law! ;) Hope you’re having a good weekend!

  5. kaisa k says:

    Such a cute,sweet family,you all look very happy.

  6. erika says:

    “Be thankful friends, it’s infinitely better for our souls to have a constant spirit of thankfulness.”
    Thank you for writing this. I needed a gentle reminder.

  7. amber says:

    omg, you guys are tooo cute!! what a beautiful family!! thank you so much for sharing these :) glad to have discovered your blog.

    xox, amber

  8. SpoedieZ says:

    Lovely family-pictures! Super!

  9. Esther says:

    Praying for Danika

  10. sharyl says:

    Brave’s facial expressions are supermodel material! she can actually “smile with her eyes”. Happy Thanksgiving Bratcher family! I am thankful for your blog and the inspiration, creativity and dose of reality it brings. I feel like I have known you guys forever, even though I’ve only met you once. :)

  11. Disney says:

    Your family is beyond gorgeous! You certainly have been blessed! I will definitely ask God in faith to wake/heal Danika. Poor girl!

  12. hannah says:

    please tell me where your shoes are from! i must have! :)

  13. Ana says:

    Beautiful pictures! Looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  14. You have the most beautiful family in the world

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