Something to hold on to...

"Today I am one day nearer home than ever before. One day nearer the dawning when the fog will lift, mysteries clear, and all question marks straighten up into exclamation points!
 I shall see the King!"     Vance Havner

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Sister Belle

I have one sister. Coming from a large family with many brothers, I am blessed that God decided that the only two girls should be placed next to each other in the birth order. I am the baby and “Sister Belle” is nearly 2 ½ years older. Our relationship has come a long way, a very long way. Today, I was fortunate to spend the day with her and I was reminded just how blessed I am. As children we had a typical love-hate relationship. Sometimes we were the best of friends, but often we wanted little to do with each other. Then, in high school the gap widened. We really did not like each other for a while. Then changes began. She married. She became a homemaker extraordinaire. She gave me a nephew and niece, both of whom I adored. I moved away to go to college and realized how much I really loved her, and missed her. She became my best friend. Then about 11 years ago, she became a true sister. She gave her life to Christ and was baptized. I cannot tell you how much closer we have become since that day. We live one hour apart. I know that is a mere stone’s throw to many of you, but it is too far. I would have her as my next-door neighbor if possible. We are very close, and we take the time to remain close. She is still a “homemaker extraordinaire”; she cooks, bakes, quilts, paints, and has an incredible flair for decorating. I am amazed at all she can do, and do well. Recently, she met an important challenge head on and has come out the victor. I am very proud of her. Our relationship is "real". She can be honest with me, and I with her.

So, “Sister Belle” if you happen to read this post, please know how much you mean to me. How much you have blessed and enriched my life. I just don’t take the time to say it often enough. I love you.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That was Beautiful. I'm sure she is proud of you. You have a very special and dear family. I can hardly believe your Inkling is only an hour away from me. After the weather changes I think I may take a trip north for a looksee.