{My family and friends are my foundation}

My family and my friends are the glue that hold me together. I'm a very caring, nurturing person and I don't know what to do with myself if I don't have anyone to care for or about. I love to take care of my loved ones when they are sick, broken-hearted, or going through a tough time.

I love cooking large meals and baking for my friends. It makes me happy to do things for other people, and seeing the smiles on their faces when I brighten their day with muffins or a home-cooked meal is worth every minute and penny it took to put it all together.

As with everyone, I've been burned quite a few times by friends. I'm one of the few people I know who actually learns from my past, so I make it a point to surround myself with positive people. My friends all have goals and are working toward them, they have morals and practice them, and they are overall good people. They are quick to help me just as quickly as I am to help them.

I talk to my family every day. My mom sends me little e-mails in the mornings when she gets to work to tell me that she loves me. My dad calls me on his lunch break to see how my day is going. My sister-in-law and I video chat in the mornings so I can see my niece and we all can have breakfast together. My sister calls me every week, and even though it costs me an extra $20 a month to take her calls, I do it anyways. I go to visit my grandfather twice a month. You could say I have a very close family.

I'm spunky and independent on the outside, but when it comes to my family, I'll always be the baby. My brother is 10 years older than me (almost to the day) and my sister is three years older. I am my mother's first child and grew up a street over from my grandparents, so I always had someone around taking care of me and loving on me. I'm what brings together all of these people and makes us a family unit.

When it's all said and done, if I've lost every worldly posession I have, I'll still have my family and good friends by my side. That's one of the only constants in my life. The comfort of knowing that allows me to be confident that I will succeed, that someone will always be there for me, and that I will always have love in my life.

Questions? Comments? E-mail me. | ©2008 by Holly Marie Gibbs
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