this picture is quite horrible, but it makes me laugh.
my brothers and sister. and me with an awful haircut.
goodness why do i always end up with those?
we generally move through life this way. blurred and wild to the onlooker.
my sister sent me this photo just now. she always makes me laugh and always has only fabulous hair. i would be jealous of her, but i'm not. she deserves some type of reward for surviving through my pre-teen and teen years.
here she is with her darling family:
fun fact: people often think that linnea and i are inlaws, and that patrick and ben are brothers:)
linnea is sunshine. actual sunshine, folks.
she beams with cheerful smiles and her quick wit keeps me jolly.
having her for a sister has been one of the most wonderful things i've experienced in my life.
i'm grateful to also have her as a friend.
i asked my baby sister to join me for sharing christmas.
i am humbled and embarrassed by what she sent to me.
because i think she is a champion and sweet as pie, i am posting it for you to read.
Merry Christmas! Thank you Hannah for inviting me to your blog today.
When Hannah asked me to share on her blog I thought I better make it good because I’ll never have this much attention ever again.
I decided to tell you about one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season. Along with celebrating the birth of Jesus, every December I celebrate another birthday; my sister’s. My sister has often told me that she prayed and prayed for a little sister. I never got the chance to pray for a big sister, because my life came with one already! My mom told me recently that my sister was everything she wanted! She was having her first baby and said she just wanted a sweet baby girl. And she got her wish with my sister!
My sister’s birthday is on the 17th, so we always recognized it with gingerbread cookies or a party with Christmas music playing. She probably got sick of that. I pretty much have always gotten her a Christmas themed present. An ornament, or decoration! I suppose she doesn’t mind because she LOVES Christmas.
Speaking of gifts, my sister is the female version of Santa Claus. Besides gifts she showers on me all through out the year, she has always been generous at Christmas. In this time of her life, it is necessary that she be more frugal, and I often hear her say “I wish I could buy you EVERYTHING YOU WANT.” I know she really means it too. Gosh, she is so silly. I try to tell her that she has lavished such generosity on me since I was a baby that even if I never received one more gesture of affection or material gift from her I still would never be able to repay her in 10 lifetimes. She just gives, and gives, and gives.
My sister is about to turn 31, and she says she is discouraged because she didn’t meet a lot of her goals she had for this year. Hmm, maybe she didn’t. But let me share with you 31 acts of kindness from the past few years off the top of my head:
1. She brought me dinner one snowy night, after SHE had a tough day. It was venison stew, complete with rolls and dessert.
2. She made me a “hospital necessities” bag for when I went to the hospital to have my daughter.
3. She brought me homemade cookies at work.
4. She made a special Christmas Day dinner for us! Complete with crackers and stripey straws.
5. She threw me a Book Shower after my daughter was born. Wow, it was fancy. Fancy food and decorations. She even contacted friends from afar to send me books.
6. I admired her beautiful camera strap . . .so of course she bought me one.
7. She took lemonade to her resident managers.
8. She sends encouraging notes & packages far and wide.
9. She went to walmart to buy me “the biggest pads you can find” in the middle of night, so Ben could stay with me after I miscarried. She laid in bed with me and hugged me.
10. She hugged me so many times during that tough time I don’t even know. And cried with me too.
11. She and her husband paid for my cash strapped brother to come visit so he could have a chilled out relaxing week.
12. She has made sacrifices so she can stay at home with her dear son.
13. She has worked hard to make sure he is a happy boy even if it’s the dead of winter, making effort to take him to indoor play areas.
14. She has brought me icees.
15. She has brought me Starbucks. . .yum!
16. She called the po-pos and maybe saved a girl from victimized by her violent boyfriend!
17. She has successfully mastered many recipes.
18. She has bought my daughter more clothes than I can shake a stick at.
19. Before my daughter was born, my sister came over with her old changing table and “set up” the baby’s room. She filled the changing table with diapers, cremes, lotions, new mat, new mat cover, beautiful bins from land of nod, and even washed and folded new baby clothes.
20. She took her son to DISNEYLAND. okay, that is really cool.
21. She loves her husband unconditionally. And prays for him. You can just see it.
22. She loves Jesus, boy does she love Jesus.
23. She has been at my beck and call. If I am having ANY SORT OF TROUBLE at ANY time of day I know I can call my sister in the middle of the night, and she will be there for me. This may or may not be a text I have sent before “PLEASE PRAY FOR ME. I can’t go to the bathroom and am in extreme pain.” (women who have had abdominal surgery...you KNOW how that is..). That might have been too much information for such a classy blog - but I wanted you to have a full grasp on how my sister literally lifts me up in prayer down to the nitty gritty.
24. Hannah had a wonderful fund raising get together to benefit a girl who needs adopting.
25. I got roped into hosting a tupperware party . . and SOMEHOW it ended up being at my sister’s house?! Haha! That should give you some insight into our relationship. She always comes to save the day!
26. I called her the other day and said “I am SO STRESSED OUT.” and the first thing out of her mouth was “How can I help you?”.
27. She thoughtfully considers her husband, all the time, always taking steps to make sure he doesn’t need to feel unnecessary stress.
28. She puts up with me. I am . . . something else?
29. She laughs at my jokes! I’m glad someone thinks I am funny.
30. She makes me see things in a new light. Like, wait, maybe I shouldn’t be watching that TV show?!
31. She has sustained this blog, that I know inspires many readers daily.
Hannah Rose, this saturday you turn 31! I love you and I am just so thankful for you. You are one of the greatest things about December! I also insist you forget being modest for one day, and post this on your blog.
linnea ruth! you are too much. i love you to the moon.
even if you did share another hideous bangs photo of me.
hop on over to linnea's blog, and while you're there, tell her to blog more often. thanks.