Thursday, July 20, 2006

Sisters ... and Brother

A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her Mother.
As they talked about life, the mother turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter. "Don't forget your Sisters," she advised. "They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need Sisters.

Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them. Remember that "Sisters" also means your girlfriends, your daughters, and other women relatives too. You'll need other women. Women always do."

"What a funny piece of advice!" the young woman thought. But she listened to her Mother. She kept in contact with her Sisters and made more women friends each year.

As the years tumbled by, she gradually came to understand that her Mom really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, Sisters are the mainstays of your life. After almost 50 years of living in this world, here is what I've learned:

Times passes. Life happens. Distance separates. Children grow up. Love waxes and wanes. Hearts break. Careers end. Jobs come and go. Colleagues forget favors.

BUT Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you. A Sister is never farther away than your needing her can reach. When you have to walk that lonesome valley, and you have to walk it for yourself, your Sisters will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley's end.

Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you. Or come in and carry you out.
My mother, sister, sister-in-laws, aunts, and "girlfriends", … and brother ... bless my life!
The world wouldn't be the same without them, and neither would I.

When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we would need each other. Every day, we need each other still.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Rochester, New York

This past weekend we took our friends, Cami and Matt, to Rochester, New York, to see the Hill Camorah Pageant, the church sites, and Niagara Falls. We had a wonderful time! But of course we had to hit Nick Tahou's, Abbot's and white hots! Yum, yum!

(notice the picture with the leash - obviously a family from Utah!)