I adore my sisters. I think they are the most beautiful 2 women in all of the land. They are hilarious, stylish, spunky, smart, and they love with their whole hearts. Those two dear hearts have seen me through some pretty rough times. And, my heart loves them intensely because of it.
We three couldn't be at more different stages of our lives. Chelsey, 18, is about to graduate from high school and head to Baylor University. WAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH! We are refusing to believe that she's old enough to do that, but this gorgeous picture of her tells us otherwise. That young woman will take the world by storm, and we will all be better because of it.
Ashley, 30, is a pediatric nurse who calms the fears of countless young moms and precious little ones each and every day. She is smack dab in the middle of being the godliest wife and grandest mom that has ever lived, and her babies are evidence of that. She is the most intelligent woman that I've ever met, and because of that, our community is immensely blessed. And, those eyes! Have you ever seen any so blue?
And then, there's me. You know my story, and there's no need to elaborate. Each one in a stage miles away from the next, yet close in so many ways.
This morning, Chelsey sent me a text that said she had to write a 6-word memoir about high school for one of her classes, and this is what she wrote:
Certainly, I've considered before how my experience with the horrible breast cancer disease impacted those around me, but I'm not sure I ever really stopped to think how it impacted these two. I know they were often first responders. I know they had the best waiting room stories. I know they've held it together when I needed them to, by reminding me that nothing's changed and helping me drown my sorrows in the largest Starbucks drink money could buy. I know they've been there, charging the way with me. But, I never thought about what they were feeling inside. It makes me weepy even to consider it.
The Bible makes it very clear that we are to bear each other's burdens, but the real comfort comes in the reason:
“This happened so the power of God could be seen in him." John 9:1-3
Today, I'm praising God for allowing me to step back, to look at how He's not only worked in me, but in those around me, who I dearly love. It's all a showcase of His glory and power. Nothing is wasted nor lost. He's been so faithful to carry US through.
Sisters, sisters! There were never such devoted sisters!