|Steph, Sam and Mel|
The truth is that we are 15 months apart and I am not sure that had we been twins we would be any closer than we are today. We have always been close. We shared the same friends, dance in the same dances, played on the same ball team. We walked with each other through high school, and even graduated together. As adults she is my go too. Much to mom's dismay she is who I called each time I had a positive pregnancy test. ;) And I am pretty sure I knew about hers even before Robby!! I tell her all of my secrets and Doc knows it. I call her when I am failing as a mom a teacher a daughter or a friend and she does the same.
Steph is the mom of two teenagers. And if you are the mom of teenagers I have to imagine that you understand that daily she feels like she is missing the mark. If they are not mad at her then she is on the cusp of making a decision that will make them that way at all times. Ugh I do not look forward to this stage. As a result she is frustrated, defeated and worried that she isn't doing it right. I try to encourage her but truthfully I have no idea how to raise teenagers ;) But then today when I was thinking about Mother's Day I realized that I did have something to share that may make her breathe a little easier as this holiday that seems to honor us even when we feel we don't deserve it approaches.
|Steph, Mel, and Mike (our little brother)|
She comforts me. She is who I wish was close when I am sick or scared and she knows that and so does everyone else. The day that we went into the hospital and they told us Josie was coming and she would not make it, I look at Shawn at 4:40 AM in that ER and I said "I need my sister. Will you please call her and tell her, I know she will come." And she did and her presence brought me peace, just as it always has. In the five years we have lived in TN I have had countless breakdowns that my husband has witnessed and almost all of them have included in a very loud voice " AND I MISS MY SISTER!!" And I do. Everyday.
|Robby, Steph and Savannah (her youngest)|
Happy Mother's Day to all of the women in my life that have helped shaped me and to the best friend and sister I could ever ask for!!!
I love you sissy.