To my baby sister:
I have a horrible memory, but one memory that does stand out in this foggy (aging!) brain of mine, is the exact spot and time when I found out you were born. Dad and Nonnie agreed they wanted the gender of the baby (you!) to be a surprise, but I prayed and prayed for a sister!
You have always been my baby! Even though I now have babies of my own, from the second I laid eyes on you as a newborn baby, I become more like “momma bear” rather than big sister. I guess that is what a 13 year age difference will do to a sister relationship!
I wanted a sister so bad! Don’t get me wrong, I ADORE my brothers and would do anything for them, but I have always wanted a sister to share life with too. And boy did God bless me when he gave me YOU!
Now that I am much older (and wiser… maybe?) there are a lot of things I wish I would have known when I graduated high school and headed off to college. Experience life yourself, but here is what I have learned!
- Life is good. I remember everyone telling me things like, “it will never be the same again,” or “live it up now while you can.” Yes, high school is fun (and college is even better) and I hope you have taken full advantage of your high school experience, but life keeps getting better! Follow the path you feel called and I promise it just keeps getting better. There is a season for everything, so enjoy where you are today, but know great things are still ahead.
- You can change your mind. I remember being so nervous when I was 18 about the decisions life was throwing at me. I remember feeling like everything was so final. Yes, they are big, important decisions, but you can change your mind if one decision doesn’t pan out the way you had envisioned it. I still change my mind all the time and it’s ok.
- Know who you are and stay true to yourself. Be unapologetically yourself. You know who you are, so stick to it. You are loyal, kind and committed. Don’t ever apologize for your sweet spirit or your kind heart. Sometimes life experiences or people can confuse us and make us question what we are doing or our character. Don’t. (I think this gets easier with age)
- Know you are loved. Your family has your back
ifwhen you make mistakes. Mistakes happen and it is ok. We love you and are here for you no matter what life throws your way. Most of all, God loves you and will be with you every step of this crazy thing called adulthood.