Today is National Sibling Day. I never paid much attention to it until last year when my sister came to visit for a week. During her visit we went and saw a movie together–something that I don’t think has happened in well over a decade–on Sibling Day. I later regretted that I didn’t capture that moment on camera, but here is a picture I’d like to share with you to today.
My sister is not just family, but my best friend. She has significant influence on my life, next to my husband. She encourages me in ways that can hush the voice of shame with a word. She says true things in a way that land softy and create in me a desire to change. She is so much fun to be with and no one is a better cook, fashion consultant, or home decorator than she. I aspire to have the domestic abilities that she does. Our first-born boys are so similar (in fact they share a birthday) that we can be rolling in laughter about how they have no shame riding a bike wearing a superhero costume and to the point of tears in how we fight for control with them. Raising boys is new to us as we were the girly girls growing up and we constantly ask each other, “Who’s in charge around here anyway?” Whether we are near or far, I know that our love is strong. I will forever acknowledge her as one of God’s greatest gifts to me.
Here’s my boys…
Sibling relationships can look many different ways. My heart aches for my boys who, because of Nathan’s disabilities, will not experience the same sort of relationship as I do with my sister. But lately I’m realizing that doesn’t make it any less significant. It will be hard and beautiful all at once. These pictures are just the beginning of their story.
Just for fun I have to throw in one collage of Mac with his birthday buddy cousin. They entered this world one year apart to the day. Maybe that’s why they have such kindred spirits.
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” – Proverbs 18:24
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