9.11.2008

Sisters






"There is no outsider anywhere who wouldn't appreciate and even envy the tremendous advantage that sisters have, if properly utilized, against all odds." ~Susan Ripps

Oh, this is true! I have only one sister, and she is something special. We shared a room as well as our lives for our entire growing-up years. I tried to comfort her when the thunderstorms were too much for her [she'd retreat to the bottom of the bed, under the covers], and we had our own special code words to use so we could still whisper when mom thought we were being too noisy. We snuck around in the house in the dark after bedtime together, we laughed hysterically together, we hung out at the A & W together [the only hangout there was in our town at that point in time], and we talked about everything. Much of the time, I think we felt like it was the two of us against the world -- and we could do anything because we had each other. *This is not to say that I was the ideal big sister, because I wasn't. But I always loved my sister and despite the fact that we haven't even lived in the same country for many years, the bond we share has only gotten better and stronger over time.

My friend Natalie has many sisters, and right now, they are the anchor that one of them is clinging to during a rough patch in her life. I know how much that means. My daughter Natalie has always wanted a sister, and I have wished so much that it could have happened for her. I love all the males in my life dearly -- but there is just something special about a sister.

I'm so lucky to have the one I do. Not only is she my one and only, she's the best.

22 comments:

MiaKatia said...

Being the only girl I have always wanted a sister too. I have been blessed with some amazing friends and some sister-in-laws that are more than a girl could have ever hoped for. Sisters are a blessing.

Natalie Scott said...

My sisters really are such a blessing to me. I also think of Stephanie Nielson (Nie Nie dialogues) and what a support and loyal commitment they are to her right now. Families in general are God's plan for us; to take care of one another and to love one another unconditionally.

I LOVE those pics of you and your sis growing up. So sweet!

100 Percent Cottam said...

thanks, mom, rub it in. :) just kidding, lovely thoughts as usual. i'm a little jealous i've been left out of this club.

Ashley said...

sisters do share a special bond! sisters are all i have. :)

Chris and Tara Mason said...

I loved seeing all of those pictures! It's great that you posted them! :)

hoLLy said...

i agree-i have one sister too and she is one of my best friends. she "gets" my humor more than anyone else and i love how we laugh so hard when we are together. we have so many fun memories together. and then the not so fun memories(a hair pull or two:)

Andi said...

I love the old pictures. My sister just posted one of us on her blog. I'll have to get her back and post an even worse one on mine! I'm a little envious of your sister relationship. Mine with my just older sister is finally good, but growing up wasn't always as much fun. Now I feel like all three of us are pretty tight, or at least like we'd totally have each other's backs no matter what.

Melissa said...

What a sweet tribute to sisters. YOu two are darling and I love the pictures. I, too, am grateful for my sisters.

Val said...

Oh my gosh....did those photos ever take me down memory lane! I've loved having you as a sister too....even when you threatened to take me back to the orphanage!!! I'm sure I was a little pest most of the time, but we did have fun, didn't we! Wish we lived closer to each other. "Save your money....beeeeeee prepared....! Love you!

pinkandbirchy said...

Hey, I'm one of Natalie's sisters. In fact, the one and only sister that is going through a particularly unenjoyable struggle at the moment. I really do not know what I would do without the love and support of my sisters. Sisters forever! :)

Jane said...

What a sweet post Jan! I love sisters - they are truly the best. I agree, I think our relationships only get stronger as time goes on, even if we do lives miles apart. I LOVE the pictures you posted, especially the one in your dresses. The polka-dots and the poof...how adorable!

Jill said...

I completely agree--I have three sisters and would LOVE to have more. I really have no idea what life would be like without 'em!

tara said...

awww. that first picture is my favorite of the bunch. you too have the same eyes?!

I couldn't agree more jan. sisters are special:) i sure love mine.

Nat Lud said...

I don't have sisters either, Nat! That is so fun to read about your and your sis, Jan. So fun. I've always been jealous of other's who have that relationship! :)

Darleen said...

I love my sisters too! It's nice to have them there to vent too but at the same time they'll tell you straight up if you are right or wrong. And although Natalie doesn't have any sisters; she sure is lucky to have a mama who is a close comparison.

jenjamin said...

Oh my is that ever true! I LOVE my sisters (I have 2) and we are SO close. I talk to one of them almost daily. I love that quote and those pictures are fantastic!

Cammie said...

Sisters are the best. I have several, and they are all wonderful!

Melissa said...

I loved those pictures....so fun!!

Hacking it up said...

Here! Here! I too have only one sister,[two if you count Candice! :) ] and we are very close..I am so grateful for the fun we had growing up and still have!!

I love your pics!!

Kristi said...

Awwwww, I love sisters too! This is such a sweet post. You two are so blessed to have eachother for sure. And I loved seeing all of those pictures of you two together. So dern cute!!!

Mel said...

Sisters are the best!!! Such a blessing. I only have one as well.

Sarah said...

I love my sisters. We understand each other and have a bond like nothing else. There is no other relationship like it.

I LOVED seeing the pics of you and Aunt Val. You two are (and were) so cute!