Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sister Sarah

I have a very large family. My oldest sibling is twelve years older than me. It seems like that would make it hard to get along with them but it is the exact opposite. It's like you can have a mentor that is also your best friend.

My oldest sister is Sarah. She's 35 I'm 24. She has 5 kids I have 2. She lives all the way across the country, yet she is one of my closest siblings. But I think most of my siblings would describe her that way. She is the glue that holds our family together.

Although Sarah has a lot of redeeming qualities, I have a favorite.

She has this amazing ability of making people feel of worth. When someone in our family is having a problem, Sarah is "assigned" (or assigns herself) to motivate them to push past the problem. But she does it in such a loving way that most of the time you leave the conversation thinking you came up with the solution yourself.

When you talk to Sarah, you don't feel like "I'm some dumb 24-year-old who doesn't know anything," but instead she treats you like a peer, asks for your opinion and advice. Although sometimes I'm sure she already knows the answer, it's pretty empowering for a younger sibling to think "wise Sarah" learned something from you.

Glad to have you around, Sarah. I learn things from you, and not just from the words you say.

Oh yeah, and happy birthday.


  1. You're too nice, Ash. Thanks so much! It means a lot.

  2. Who are your other favorite siblings?? Just wondering...