Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Clumsy Tribute

I've been thinking a lot this week. Perhaps it's because I've been getting enough sleep - the kids did not want to be tied to the bed post after all - baking with the kids while listening to Along The Shores Of Plum Creek, and just overall relaxing. Perhaps it's because it's the end of one year and I always get this way when one year ends and a new year begins.

I'm feeling very thankful. I'm surrounded by wonderful people I love and who love me. I've got a wonderful church. I'm blessed to have a great pastor, along with a pastor's wife who is a class act. I've got life long friends.

And obviously, most important of all - besides Jesus - is my own husband and children.

However, this post is not about them.

I've had a couple of discussions recently that has made me realize how grateful I am to have the two best sisters in the world. We couldn't be more different really. We disagree strongly on several things. But I've realized that it has been a long, long time since any of us have had an argument that we didn't "fix" in short order.

We didn't grow up particularly close. We fought hard. I don't remember trusting many secrets to them and they didn't entrust theirs to me. However, we were always loyal to each other. We celebrated each other's victories. If any of us were jealous of the other, we kept it to ourselves and did not let it spoil the other's special moments. We were not in competition with each other.

Now, thirty-some-odd years later, we are reaping the benefits. Our childhood fighting days are over. We realize how precious our close-knit "sisterhood" is. We cry with each other. We laugh hard with each other. We sincerely rejoice for each other. There are no petty grievances or jealousies.

We do tell each other some of our secrets. Because we can trust them to each other.

To you, Laura, and to you, Lana, I want to say that I love you and I'm glad that God placed you both in my life.

Because, like it or not, you're stuck with me.


Anonymous said...

How make me cry first thing in the morning! Maybe we have all grown up!! The older a person gets, the more appreciative they are. All the scraps....hmmmmmmm and I think there were only about 5 that we had when we lived together, and they were mostly your fault you know :)
I love you both too!
Lana Banana

Darla said...

Five in one week, maybe!

You're right, though. I think maybe it's more of a sign of old age than anything. When you get older you definitely have deeper appreciation. And, even though I'm three years older, you are right behnd me, dearest!

Anonymous said...

I have to say that I think our family, particularily us girls, are very close. And that saying "blood runs thicker than water" is quite applicable in this situation. You touch one of us, you take on the whole clan pretty much!

I remember growing up wishing I could sing like you Darla, but I know I was your biggest fan....still am to this day. You are still one of my favoritest singers, girl.

You two accomplished so much in your lives and I am proud of you both!

What I enjoy is the commradarie we share. When we get together and all's it will take is a word or a look and we are on the same page, and we can start laughing until we cry. I don't ever want to take that for granted and I don't ever want to lose that.

Thank you Darla and Lana for being the two best sisters a person could ever hope for!

Love You!


Darla said...

How come you commented under Anonymous?

Rachel Peterson said...
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Laura said...

Because I posted under Rachel's blog and didn't realize it.