|My sister and I, as taken this summer by Vivienne.|
Sweet Baby Sister,
I hope when we get old we live next door to one another.
I hope that you come over to my house and we play crosswords together.
I hope that I can go to your house and you can make us salsa.
I hope that we can sit and laugh and laugh some more. All the time. Like all.of.the.time.
Until then, even if miles and miles separate us, you are forever and always in my heart. Right along side her. Every.single.day.
Taryn, you amaze me.
Your strength... it's beyond what I could have ever foreseen.
That sweet, quiet, funny, kind little pumpkin has grown into a strong, determined and more kind bigger pumpkin.
So much of who you are makes me happy because it's so much of who she was.
(My intent is not to make you cry.)
And then there's your laugh.
Your witty (and often hilarious) comments.
(She would be so proud of you, I know it.)
So today I truly CELEBRATE the day you were born.
After years of being someone else's little sister, you made me a Big Sister on October 29th. Something I always wanted to be.
I remember holding you for the first time, completely unwilling to hand you over to Adam or Andy. (Because you were mine.)
I remember dressing you and feeding you your bottles. (Because you were mine.)
I remember taking control of you... because I was so enamored with you.
When Mom told me that you were mine, my gift to take care of -- I took it very, very seriously.
On Friday nights, I'd sit you down in front of the TV at the ripe-old age of what, 3? And I'd curl your hair and literally play "dolls" with you. And, you let me. :)
The ownership (yes, ownership) I have felt for you over the years has subsided, and while you'll always be mine, I realize that as much as I took care of you, you now take care of me.
The years have melted away and now there's just you and me.
I don't even notice the age difference any more.
And there's no other way I'd have it.
You are the BEST.
I wish for you a day of sleep. Of smiles. Of sunshine. Of green lights. Of easy.
Most of all I hope that you can find a quiet moment to sit and really feel surrounded by the love that I have for you, that she had for you. I hope you laugh and smile at birthdays of years' past and I hope you know just how loved you are.
I am so glad you were born. SO glad. Like REALLY glad.
I wish you the happiest of birthdays, my baby sister.
I love you.
Your birthday greeting from 2013 is here.
Your birthday post from 2012 is here.
From 2011 is here.
From 2010 is here.
From 2009 is here.
I skipped 2008? I think?
From 2007, here.