I enjoy blogging about my family. I’ve written numerous posts about my husband and our beautiful children. I’ve dedicated entire posts to my parents, especially my mom. I’ve mentioned in other posts that I’m the youngest of 7 children. I have two brothers and 4 sisters. This post is dedicated to my sisters.
We come from a family of strong women. My mom was the quintessential example of strength…especially Godly strength. I don’t know if given the life that she had, I would have done as great a job as she did. There aren’t many occasions where me and all of my sisters have been able to get together. In fact, the last 3 occasions that we were all together were at each of our parents funerals and most recently, the funeral of a family friend.
GRACE is the oldest. She’s the mother of 4 adult boys. As the oldest, Grace had a front row seat of the “performance” that was our childhood. She often reminds me that she helped to change many of my poopy diapers when I was a baby and also “hand washed” some of these “alleged” soiled cloth diapers. When Grace and I get a chance to talk on the phone, the conversations can easily last over an hour. She has so many stories to tell and I enjoy hearing them all. Many of them give me a new perspective on events relating to our childhood. She has the life experiences to offer sound advice. A few years ago, she was involved in a horrific roll-over car accident while driving on the highway. God spared her life. As she hung upside down, she was able to unlatch her seat belt and climb out of the car window. This reminds me of one of the strength she possesses. While all of my sisters share this strength, today I celebrate Grace’s strength of RESILIENCE.
COLLETTE is the 2nd oldest sister. She also has 4 children. She served in the armed forces and shared her story of a scary encounter while deployed to the middle east. Collette is a giver. She gives of her time, energy and resources; whether it’s opening up her home when needed or assisting financially when she’s able to. I believe that her propensity to give lies in the fact that deep down she cares about people. It’s no surprise that her life long desire was to become a nurse. Today, as a RN, she cares for the elderly. She also helped to care for our dying parents. While all of my sisters share this strength, today I celebrate Collette’s strength of CARING.
CAROL, the 3rd oldest, shared how she lost over 130 pounds. She’s our Christmas Carol born on Christmas eve. She has 2 teenage children. Carol has a very vibrant and outgoing personality. She will talk to anyone and have them laughing after a few minutes. She’s had her share of life’s struggles, but when she tells you about it, you don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Her comedic timing is impeccable. I believe that she has a God-given ability to talk her way into and out of any situation. Carol is an entrepreneur and gifted in sales. She is a woman with many strengths, but today I celebrate her strength of CHARISMA. (Notice I didn’t say that all my sisters shared this strength ).
ROSE is the second youngest girl. She has two beautiful daughters. She likes to stress the fact that I’m her “baby” sister particularly since I’m a full 8 inches taller than she is :). She also served in the armed forces. Rose is, in my opinion, very transparent. You seldom have to guess what she’s feeling because more than likely, she’ll let you know. Sometimes through her transparency, you can get a glimpse of her heart and you see that her faith in God is deep-rooted. Like all of us, she has had her ups and down. But when you speak to her, whether she’s up or down, the conversations are mainly about her expectations from God. The two phrases I hear her say quite frequently are; “It’s up to God”, and “If God wants me to have it, I’ll get it”. To read more about Rose, you can check out her blog. While ALL of my sisters share this strength, today I celebrate Rose’s strength of FAITH.
These are the strength of my sisters from my perspective. Do you know your sister’s strength? What are your strengths?