It is still funny thinking about you being away at college. For some reason in my mind you will always be the little 7 year old who bravely came to live with her big sis 2,000 miles away from home.
You came because I cried every day from being homesick.
You packed your little bag and Mom sent you off to stay with me.
You didn’t cry once.
Later we used to laugh that it was because you didn’t miss Mom and Dad, but I know it was because just you loved me that much.
You happily slept on that bed Andrew brought home for you, and had scripture study with us every night.
Andrew also gave you whatever you asked for and did things with you he still won’t do with our own kids.
You were also there to hold Drew when he was born. Seeing you and Mom hold in him in your arms was priceless.
It’s funny how it took me getting married and moving that far away for to me realize how much I still needed my family.
That one, brave little girl, could bring more than her small suitcase of belongings. That she could also bring me the peace and contentment that I had been searching for.
Your selfless example at such a young age deeply and forever touched my heart. Your willing sacrifice was truly the light of Christ shining through you.
And that is why I think you will always be that little 7 year old in my mind.
Many will call you friend.
Few are privileged to call you sister.
Thank you for being my friend and my sister.