Last July my family had fun sorting through old photos and letters from our growing up years.  For me it was a tremendous blessing to be reminded of God’s goodness towards my family in our growing up years.  I was struck with God’s grace and mercy in my parent’s lives as they raised us to know God, to serve, to forgive, to laugh, to cry (a gene from dad), to celebrate, to be productive… I also gained an even deeper gratitude for my siblings. They have each had such a huge impact on my life, and continue too.  In those old keepsake boxes I came across many letters that were written to me by my big little (she is smaller and older) sister during the time that she was growing in and deepening her relationship with God in college.  These letters were filled with love, words of encouragement, and an ushering towards Jesus and His ways.  She was such a great big sister.  I missed her so much when she went to college.  Before she left for college she took 11 year old me on a hike to encourage me to be a big girl and to tell me that I would be OK without her.  I wasn’t sure.  You see, I loved my sister.  I wanted to be just like her.  I wanted to look like her.  I wanted to be with her.  I wanted to do what she did.  I wanted to wear the boots she wore, literally.  And I definitely didn’t want her to leave.

Well, that’s how I felt this morning as I dropped her at the airport.  I didn’t want her to leave. In God’s providence, she spent her first night, one of Charlie’s most difficult nights here with me in the hospital.  She wnet to my house and loved on my children, baked Nana’s famous biscuits, cleaned out my fridge and freezer, and organized our children’s books!  What a boost to my family.  Here at the hospital we laughed (hard) and we cried (hard).  As we were leaving the hospital this morning I told her that our children are so blessed to have so many siblings because brother’s and sister’s are a gift!  Thank you Lord for sister’s!


We love you Aunt Ash!



Organized books


Nana’s biscuits


Enid riding the dog Aunt Ash gave us 9 years ago!

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