When we were growing up, she always took care of me. Her first job where she earned an allowance was babysitting me while mom did chores. I'm sure it was annoying to have me as a little sister, but she always let me hang around. She took me to school each morning in her Grand Prix and took me to ballgames with her. When she was in college, she would let me come and stay the weekend with her. When we were younger, we dressed our kittens up in doll clothes, played school, and took the three-wheeler out in the field for picnics. We went sledding together, swimming together, and fishing together on family float trips.
Now, I count it a privelage to be raising our children together. As wonderful of a friend as she was to me growing up, I love and appreciate her more and more with each passing day. She has such a sweet spirit and she is always refreshing to be around. She inspires me with her kindness and patience. She loves the Lord and honors him in all that she does. I found a little poem that I liked, so I'm posting it below as a tribute to you, sis! I didn't write it, apparently someone named Vernon in 1985 did...
For many years we've shared our lives
One roof we once lived under
Sometimes we laughed, sometimes we cried
Through winter storms and thunder
The younger years have faded fast
We've gone our separate ways
But through all time our friendship lasts
Our bond in life remains
As summer brings the happy times
The autumn winds will whisper
A closer friend I'd never find
Than the one I call my Sister.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JAMIE! WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!