Whew! So today was a whirlwind. Today was Easter Sunday … Rhonda’s BFF’s bday AND it’s my baby sister’s birthday! Every year I usually do a sappy FaceBook post about her, but this year Rhonda and I have this fantastic blog so DUH I’m going to write a whole sappy BLOG post for Grace.
Grace is my little sister. Today she turns twenty-seven. I can’t believe that. I still remember the day my parents told me that they were going to give me a little sister. I pretty much was under the impression that she was for me. 😉 But yeah. We weren’t the best of friends from the beginning. I actually once tried to get my parents to let me sleep in the laundry room in an effort to move out of our shared room. Yup. I was prepared to put a mattress on top of the washer and dryer. Thankfully, we moved past all that drama, 😉 and now I consider her my closest friend – as well as the best sister a girl could ask for.
She’s pretty much an amazing person. I admire the way that she stands up for what she believes in and just doesn’t give a fuck about what other people think. She is incredibly caring and considerate, but she knows how to tell you like it is when necessary.
Grace is an incredible aunt to my babies. I can say without a doubt that she loves them just as much as I do. They adore her. They ask for her. They get excited to see her. They miss her when life gets busy and we can’t hang out as much as normal. She is active and involved in their lives by choice. All of that. That speaks volumes for the kind of woman that she is.
I am also so so proud of the things she’s accomplished personally and professionally. She is currently living and breathing a successful relationship and marriage that had the odds stacked against it when it comes to whether or not it would survive the distance and work that they had to put into it. (And also shout out to her hubby…because I know a marriage won’t work unless BOTH people involved put the work in) She is a FSR at one of our local banks – and she’s just doing an amazing job. She started out as a teller and has quickly worked her way up.
I’m pretty sure that it’s not very often that you can find a true best friend in your sister. I know people say that. I’m not just saying it. I’m so grateful to have her in my life. To call her my confidant and to know that she feels the same way about me. I always knew I wanted to name my child after her…in some form or fashion. I didn’t get to do that with Coop, BUT Sophie Grace got her aunt’s name. Both my children’s middle names are significant and family related. I love that. I love that you can transfer all the memories you associate with a person to their name and pass that on to someone else. There’s absolutely no other woman’s name that I’d want my daughter to carry than my awe-inspiring little sister.
So, Aunt Grace – we love you. We think you are the bee’s knees. We are so happy that we got to spend the day with you…and we hope that it was all that you wanted. Here’s to twenty-seven and beyond!