Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Happy Birthday, sweet sister

If you've followed my blog for a while, you know just how much I adore my sister. 

Lately, we've been getting even closer, as I feel like we do each year. I see her for all that she is, and all she has yet to be, and I am so grateful that I have her as my first and forever friend. 

Today she turns 20. Because we are only 11 months apart, for the next 27 days we will be 20 together. 

When we were younger and into our teen years, we planned and wished and hoped about what our 20's would be like. Clipping magazines, and catalogs in the mail. Staying up late in the back of our dad's truck bed and talking about what would come one day. We would always talk about how we would be entering this decade together, the ten years were some sort of magic.

It's crazy how time catches up with us, years that seemed so far before are suddenly present. I am still learning what I want to be, and it's different from the magazine and catalog clippings. Lizzie is really figuring out who she is and it's so much deeper and complex than what we said in the back of our dad's truck bed. We have been through things we wouldn't have pictured, both good and bad. 

But what I know, and what I want to say to my sweet sister, is that you are more of a gift than any of the things we wished and planned for. 

You are so effortlessly beautiful, kind, endearing, and charming. With you as my best friend, I'm okay with things not going to plan. In fact, I'm glad we have had times where we have had to just laugh at how crazy life gets. I'm glad I've been able to have you, laughing with me, and still getting up to face the next challenge- together. 

Here's to the years that we carefully thought about. I wish you times where you forget the rules, the maps, the plans. I wish you more love, more laughter, more bliss. I wish you times where you just let go and welcome all that has yet to be. I hope you always know you are so, so loved. 

Happy Birthday to you, lovely girl. You are the greatest love I could know. 


  1. Such a sweet post to your sister. I love that you are so close in age. My sister and I are 15 months apart so we are one year and "two years" apart at any given time. I love that you are close. Her and I aren't but get closer as the ywars pass.

    1. Aw, that is so cool! Thank you. It's really the best gift to have a sister so close in age.

  2. This is so sweet! Happy birthday to your sister! I would have loved to have a sister, especially one so close in age! You have a built in best friend for life.


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