To My Sisters

To My SistersTo my sisters,

You guys aren’t so little anymore! I have been so blessed to be able to watch y’all grow into amazing young women. It’s hard to believe that the young women helping me clean my house, make dinner and babysit my sweet foster babies are the same ones who used to dress like me just to make me mad.

When I look back at old pictures of us, I think of all the things we’ve went through together. We’ve been through fights (a LOT of fights), saying goodbye to people we love, moving houses, and crazy parents; it’s really a 1,000 wonders that we have made it this far without killing one another!to my sisters

As much as I remember the fights, I remember the good times too. The times where we rode in the car and talked forever, that time we were driving around with one of my friends and y’all tricked me into going to thrill hill, singing at the top of our lungs as we road to church (okay, maybe that was just me, but you guys DID have to listen). Those times are the times I cherish; the ones I hold close to my heart.

I remember our childhood, and I look at y’all now, and I just can’t believe how remarkable you guys are. You are both so grown up; you have boyfriends, great friends, and a relationship with God. I am just so proud of you guys! You guys are wonderful aunts to every child that comes into our care; these kids will never forget the love y’all gave to them! More and more everyday, I see less of the annoying little sisters I had growing up, and more of young women God is making y’all out to be.

I want to apologize for not being the best role model I could be for y’all. I’m sorry that we fought all those years and now we can’t get them back and change them. I’m sorry for every time I uttered the words “I wish I were an only child!” There are no words or actions that can make up for my selfishness though the years; I’m sorry.

I honestlyto my sisters can’t wait to see what God is going to do through both of you, but I do want to offer up some advice.

Whatever you do, don’t lose your sense of adventure. Go places, do things, don’t just sit and watch Netflix. Do the things that make you the happiest now, because one day it’ll be harder to go out an do them.

Don’t cancel plans if you can help it,¬†people ask you to go and do things with them because they want to spend time with you. Spend time with them now, because you may not get another chance to.

Put you phone down and talk to the people around you. Soak in the memories. If you use your phone while with a group of people, may it be to take a picture, so you can keep that moment forever. Talk, listen and engage with those around you, you’ll never know, they may have something to share that will change your life.

Take time to listen to dad’s story for the 400th time this week. He sounds crazy most of the time, but every now and then he starts telling an interesting story about Grandpa Nix or him and his siblings when they were younger, and those are stories you can cherish in your heart forever.

Answer mom’s phone calls. They seem annoying now, but one day you’ll be glad she called to check on you — or you’ll be the one calling her for advice. It only takes a few minutes, save her some worrying and pick up the phone; let her know you are okay.

If you decide you want to get married, marry someone who makes you a better person. Marry your best friend, love of your life and the one that will push you toward your goals and toward God. Marriage is for life; choose to do life with the right person.to my sisters

Give more than you receive. In this culture of “give me”s be the one who gives to others, unselfishly. Give your time, money, and attention to those who need someone. You’ll never know how much you will change someone’s life by just giving them your time.

Follow God. If you don’t listen to anything else, listen to this. Wherever God sends you, follow Him obediently. Run as hard as you can towards Him and don’t look back. I want more for you than the world’s best; I want GOD’S best for you. Stay in church and stay in His Word. When the world is throwing you curb balls left and right, there is one thing you can always hold to: JESUS. He will never let go of your hand, you just have to trust in Him.

I love you and I am sorry that you got stuck with a sister like me. I’m sorry I wasted so much time fighting with you when I could’ve been sharing all of this with you. I love you and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you. Thank you for allowing me to be your sister… even if you didn’t get a choice in the ¬†matter. I love you both to the moon and back, to infinity and ‘yond. And I will always be here if you need me. No matter what.to my sisters

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