I'm quite aware that we do not get to pick our siblings, which makes mine so extraordinary. Sure we hated each other when we were little - clawing, hair-pulling, shoving, etc. - but our relationship as adults has become a beautiful thing that I store up and treasure.
I love having my little sister close by, not just geographically, but emotionally as well. She's one of the few people I can confide almost anything and I am especially grateful that she is such a big part of Alice's life. It is a joy to see Alice light up when her Aunt Lynnie comes into view and to hear of their adventures when we come home from a night out. Many a date night would not happen without this little sister.
Lyndsay also has the gift of thoughtfulness. When she gives me a present, it is as if she read my heart. Not many people put as much time, care, and consideration when giving the perfect gift as Lyndsay does. And it is not about the money - it's so much more than that. It's the wonderful and handmade thing she stumbled across her mile-long Etsy list - most of which is "for Alice." Or it's the time and talent she put into making color-blocked curtains for Alice's nursery - from scratch.
The way it makes me feel to be on the receiving end of such love and care makes me want to replicate that for others, so Lyn, thank you for being my example and thank you for everything you bless us with.
below: my birthday present - hand-engraved garden stakes; wooden toy-sorter & camera for Alice (to play like mama!); curtains for Alice's nursery - complete with an Alice playing with them