I am up at 2:30 am with a headache that won’t let me sleep. An unfortunate part of my life, but at least I have some quiet time to think.
Today was one of my favorite days ever. All of my sisters (and my parents) were here to go through the temple with Kami, the “baby” of the family.
I’m not sure if it was the purpose of the occasion, or the fact that it’s been a while since we’ve all been together, but today I saw my sisters in a new (and brighter) light. Instead of seeing them as my little sisters, I looked around and saw a group of amazing women with strengths and talents that bless my life immensely.
Sarah-who I think could be called the mother of all living. She has seven children, goats, chickens, cats, dogs and acres full of trees, plants and vegetables. She is a true nurturer at heart, and has such a love for all living things. She is always the one that newcomers are drawn to, because she has a genuine love for people, and can immediately set them at ease.
Kathy-who we like to call superstar, because she is always so glamorous. Life has thrown her some trials that she certainly never anticipated, and every time it does, she continues to prove that she is stronger than the opposition. She is kind, non-judgmental and easy to talk to. Not to mention dang funny!
Theresa-who is my favorite partner for “talking business.” She is smart, highly-motivated, and one of the hardest workers I know. She doesn’t necessarily wear her heart on her sleeve, so to speak, but if you know her well, you know that she is kind, generous, and loyal.
Lindsey-who is always the life of the party. She has a real gift for storytelling, (wink), and keeps us all amused. She has the ability to “hang with any crowd,” and brightens up any room that she walks into. Whenever you’re with Lindsey, you feel good about yourself.
Kami-who may be the youngest, but we all look up to her. That girl knows where she is going, and is always working- full speed ahead- to get there. She is firm in her commitment to do what is right, without wavering, but without being critical of others. She has a huge heart, and a desire (and ability) to do good in this world.
We missed Brandon, my one and only brother. I know, I know… poor guy. He is the idol of all the little boys in the family. His soft spot for my children, of course, gives me a huge soft spot for him. Brandon is fun, fun, fun, with a hilarious sense of humor. He’s also sweet and sensitive and always looking out for the underdog.
It’s funny sometimes to see how seven people, all raised under the same roof, could turn out to be so very different. And yet we have some common bonds, and lots of inside jokes, that tie us tightly together. I am so grateful to be tied, eternally, to these amazing people.