I grew up in a large Irish/Italian Catholic family which meant close relationships with extended family- grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins (first, second, etc.), the list could go on forever. We’re loud and crazy, but there’s never a dull moment. My immediate household consisted of my mom, dad and two older sisters, who also happen to be my best friends.
Loyalty. Family to me means those that will lift you up when you’re down, and celebrate the best times with you. It doesn’t have to be a blood relation, but people that will always have your back. Family are the ones you can count on to always lend an ear or a shoulder. Above all, it means unconditional love and support always.
My favorite Happily Ever After Divorce® story is my Aunts, who also happens to be my Godmother. She got married on my 3rd birthday, and shortly after realized she was in an unhealthy and toxic relationship. She knew it wasn’t an easy decision to make, especially as a newlywed, but she also knew it needed to be done so she could be happy. While I don’t remember her marriage, or divorce, I do remember how she was growing up after that (and still to this day), and she’s an incredibly strong woman because of it- someone I will always admire and look up to.