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Like many siblings, my sisters and I have been through a lot in our lifetime. We are all so unique in our personalities, and oftentimes, in our younger years, that made us clash, but over time we were always able to work things out and come together as a family. That’s the thing, sometimes our differences are what make us stronger. Knowing our characteristics and utilizing them together can create a powerful force.
Being the youngest of three girls, I was the trouble-maker, the rebellious one, the oddball. I was the one taking my sisters’ clothes and wearing them without permission. The one sneaking out the window at night. The annoying kid sister that had to be driven around when the older sisters started driving. The one who sold our horrible “beater” car (It was yellow– need I say more?) without our parent’s permission. I was the pain-in-the-rear little kid that my sisters had to bail out all of the time. I’m sure it wasn’t easy for them, but they begrudgingly got the job done and can still laugh about it now.
Even though my siblings weren’t always fond of their expected duties, they were and still are always there for me. We may not be geographically close nowadays, but we are always tied together through this strong and fiercely loving bond.
Now that we are all grown and have families of our own, I am more appreciative of their support than ever. They may not know this, but they have influenced me more than just about anyone. They stepped in as a Mother when ours was working. They have wiped my tears when my heart was broken. They have made me laugh when the world seemed so dark. They have been honest with me when I needed to hear the truth.
My sisters have influenced me in almost every aspect of how I raise my own children. When I am unsure I ask myself, “what would my sisters do?” They taught me every detail from, “how to change a diaper, to how to deal with playground scuffles” and beyond. Despite the distance between us, the two of them are my anchors when life feels uncertain.
Sometimes I say too much. I can be unedited when I speak. I am the brazen younger sister after all. I oftentimes speak from the heart. I consider this my gift and my curse. Countless times, my sisters have had put up with this behavior, forgiven and accepted me for who I am. I have learned over the years to pause before I speak… kind of. I’m still no expert, but rather a work-in-progress. I am far better at expressing myself in the written word than on the phone and sometimes even in person. So I rely on writing letters and cards to express myself to those whom I love.
I don’t get to tell them very often how much they mean to me. Life gets so busy and there are times when weeks go by and I don’t have the opportunity to voice how much I appreciate who they are and what they have done for me.
My two lovely sisters are far from ordinary. They are exceptional friends, mothers, and sisters. This holiday season I am taking the time to write to them and express my deepest gratitude using these beautiful cards.
I love the one-of-a-kind handmade feel to these Hallmark Signature cards and each one is uniquely different and beautiful in their own way, just like my sisters and me. I can’t think of two more amazing people to express my love to this Christmas.
So to my dear Kim and Leslie, I want to tell you how deeply grateful I am that somehow by the chance of God I was blessed to have shared my garden with two unimaginably unique and beautiful flowers. I love you so much!
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