i think i'm nearly three in this photo.
laura is five? i don't know, it doesn't matter.
i wish i had more pictures, the few i know exist are at my mom's, in maryland.
growing up, we rarely saw each other.
she lived in mexico, her parents have been missionaries there for decades.
their furlough times in the states were always a treat.
laura was like, the coolest girl i knew.
next to denise from the cosby show, laura was my fashion idol.
she had these rad dangle earrings once, they were miniature globes.
we listened to music together, played games, got great tans,
talked about boys, got lost on hiking trails...
most of the time, we got along great!
when laura was about 17, she came to live with us in mississippi.
at first i was beyond excited, my fancy cousin was moving in!
she was going to college and would be working nearby.
she'd be like the older sister i always wanted, it was gonna be great!
except it wasn't really that great at all.
laura and i are both first born daughters.
we both had opinions everyone was entitled to hear.
we both loved boys. like a lot. and knew the same boys.
we both loved to be sneaky. this was helpful in the boy-love department.
anyway, i really began to not like laura.
blasted teen years.
laura and me, january 1998
laura and i have been restored!
we have forgiven and loved each other again.
we each have new lives, love jesus and have been blessed with dear families!
i'm grateful that we are connected by blood and by the bond of christ.
i'm grateful that you were around during some of my harder times.
it makes me feel closer to you, that you were a "teenager" with me.
i love your champion dry wit and adorable laugh, wish i could hear it more often.
your hilarious and beautiful daughters remind me of you;)
i'm thankful that you have a wonderful husband and you love him well.
such a great example to me.
your zeal for god's glory and the fame of jesus' name inspires me!
i'm thankful you push me to HIM.
laura, you are a blessing to my soul.
i'm thankful to have so many hilarious, beautiful, quirky, awkward and even sad memories with you.
feels like we're sisters after all.
i love you.
love is patient and kind;
love does not envy or boast;
it is not arrogant or rude.
it does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing,
but rejoices with the truth.
love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
1 corinthians 13:4-7esv