Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Best of Gifts

These are my sisters.

Well, and me.

God has blessed me with five beautiful, talented sisters.

A couple of weeks ago, my baby sister, (the gorgeous blond in the front middle - who we also refer to as "the baby", even though she towers over all of us), threw me a baby shower for our newest little one.

And, all of my sisters were able to come.

We aren't able to all get together very often, but when we do, it is such a special time for all of us. We cook together and laugh and tell stories and even though each one of us is different from the others, we have this common bond of childhood memories, shared experiences, and a deep understanding of one another that was born out of years of growing up together.

Our time together, our relationships with one another - they are precious gifts.

Sometimes I struggle with making the sacrifices my husband and I must make as parents, and as our family grows. The financial ones, as well as the constant breaking up of fights, the lack of rest, the crunched Cheerios on the floor, the laundry, the dishes, the sheer emotional investment that each one of our boys requires every. single. day...

And, that often leads me to think about my sisters.

And, the gift that each one of them was to me as I grew up, and is to me now - as we share parenting stories, laugh about our crazy parents, and tell and retell childhood memories.

And, I realize that amidst the difficulties, challenges, financial sacrifices, and exhausting responsibility of raising our boys, my husband and I are giving each of our children lifelong, irreplaceable and the most precious of gifts...

Of which no measure of parental ease can compare, and no amount of "extra" money could ever buy.



  1. Ugh. I love my brothers. You are so right on with this one!
    But seriously. Now I want to go and have 6 more babies. Thanks Sarah! (scowling at you)

  2. Wow! What a precious memory. And all of you are so beautiful!

  3. WOW. I really am in awe over you. You are so young, but very wise beyond your years! How I wish I knew what you knew at your age. You're a great mom, wife, daughter who completely and entirely loves your whole family (both sides). DO you realize how RARE you are and how blessed. I know it doesn't always come easy, but you make look effortless. I got so emotional seeing you with your sisters. I have 1 sister who I barely speak to but at one time we were close. I just think you are AMAZING... I would love to have a relationship with my family like you do yours. I LOVE reading your blog-CHRIST shines through you.

  4. That is so beautiful, Sarah. That you have 5 sisters. That you treasure them so. And, of course, that they treasure you.

    Blessings as you raise your children with the beautiful gift of siblings.


  5. Very well-said and so, so true!

  6. Aww...I love this post! It is so rare for you to all be together. What a special time as you celebrate this new SOON TO BE HERE life!!!

  7. How wonderful for you all to be together again. Sisters are the best!

  8. awesome. i am stuck with one older brother =) what is the age range between you and your sisters?

  9. What a blessing to have your sisters. I'm so glad my girls have one another!

  10. Wow! Sisters are such a blessing

  11. Thanks for sharing this bit about your family!

    My mom was one of ten, but I only have one sibling - a brother who is 4 1/2 years younger. We're close, but I always wondered what it would be like to have a sister.

    What is the age difference between you and each of your siblings? Did the age spread keep you from being close when you were kids?