Growing up, my sisters and I fought just like any siblings do. We fought over clothes, space, friends. I used to physically beat the bajizus out of my younger sister, Mary, and my sister, Kate, who is just a year and half my senior. Good times.
As we grew older, the dynamics of our relationships changed. I lived with my sister, Kate, for awhile. Big mistake. I lived with my oldest sister, Cori, briefly, too. Bigger mistake! You'd think I would've learned after the first time that living with siblings when you're older isn't always so much fun. Plus, I won't lie, I was a little crazy....
Now that we are all even older, with families of our own, the dynamics have changed again. Now we call each other for advice, support, encouragement, to vent or ask for prayers, or talk about our crazy mother. (Just kidding, Mama!) It's so nice to have them in my life in this way, to be able to share so much with them, without all the fighting!
I have two sisters in law who joined our family by means of marriage to my brothers. My life has been blessed so much by their presence, as they have made their place in my heart and our family as easily as if they had been born into it. We, too, have shared so much over the years, from exciting news to sad news, advice and concern, baby clothes and prayers. The dynamics of our relationship are not so different from that of "blood-related" sisters.
I also have another sister in law whom I gained in my life when I married my husband. She was a teenager at the time and we formed a pretty good bond back then. I cherished having a "little sister" I could be a "big sister" to, as I was unable to be that with my younger sister due to my mental health issues at the time I should've been acting like her big sister. I was so thankful God placed this new sister in my life to help me learn a new form of servanthood, love, and giving. While our relationship is no longer as close as I would like it to be, I am still blessed by the fact that she is my sister, and I hope that one day things can be even better.
There are so many different personalities between all of us. It's so fun! I love spending time with all my sisters. God's blessing of them is an amazing gift. I hope all of my sisters know how much I love, cherish, value and pray for them.
PICTURES OF MY SISSIES:
|Chris and Me at Heather & Billy's wedding|
|Mary, Heather, Me at the wedding|
|Mary and Me at Mary's 1st baby shower|
|Our babies born 1 day apart! Us on her Rose's baptism day|
|My oldest sister, Cori (AKA Pickle) on her son's (our godson's) baptism day|
|Kate and Me, before fights over boys|
|Kristen (Hubby's sister) holding Bella|
|Kathy (married to my brother, James) holding Jeremiah|
|Kate (right) and Me (left)|
|Kate, Mary, Me the night before my wedding|