Top o' the day to y'all!!!
Happy almost spring! (So excited for spring!)
So, y'all's probably wondering why my post this week is titled "Eight Blessings." Not only have their been more then eight blessings in my whole 17 years, but eight specific blessings that I will always have, remember, and see. My siblings.
Almost every time I go out, or our whole family goes out for the day, people ask us, "How many kids do you have?", "Wow, they must be a handful!".
Of course we answer politely, but after a while...yeah.
Nine kids all together, but eight siblings for me, and probably, besides my parents, the best friends that I will ever have.
I can never express how much I love my siblings, and am always amazed of the things they do. They're goofy, smart, kind, loving, optimistic, etc. Anything that makes a sibling, all wrapped in a package with a big bow.
We do have our squabbles, fights, and nagging, which is basically all the same thing, but, you get the idea. Even if we disagree, we're all good in the end.
I have four brothers, and four sisters, and wouldn't want to trade them for any other pairs of siblings.
One of my favorite memories was of my first little sis, Selah. Before she was born, it was just me and my three younger brothers, Michael, Elisha and Cainan. Of course I had a blast with them, but in time, I wanted a little sister. I was about six at the time, and had dreams and goals to teach her. Ballet was the big one. I LOVED ballet, and I still do. About a year ago, I got to take intermediate ballet lessons, and both my little sisters, Selah and Avalon, got to share that dream with me, as it was their dreams too.
I never remembered this, but my mother told me that I wanted to name Selah 'George Washington', which is funny, because six years later, was when I had my George Washington craze, and it has never left. Favorite president, favorite figure in history...yeah.
Anyways, I was super excited when I found out that the new baby was a girl. And soon, a few years later, another baby girl was born, miss Avalon Grace. And then, years later, my brother Liam, and my two little sister Kynthia and Brenna were born. It was like a giant rush of siblings coming one after another after Selah's birth. I never DREAMED that I would be a sister of EIGHT siblings!
But, there have been some times where I said things to my friends about my siblings that I regret, and I try to make it up to my siblings as an apology for all those hurtful things. And when my friends ask me if my siblings ever annoy me, I smile and say, "At times, but I love them still." Because it's true. I love them so much that the annoying things that we all do, just go away in the end. Every sibling in every family does it. We're not set apart as the "special" children, we're just special in each other's eyes.
But, things may get different soon, as I'm getting older. I'll be 18 in January, and from then on, I'm not a child in the house anymore. I'm a full adult. Which also makes me different in my siblings eyes. Of course, we will still have our fun, sibling behavior, and all that fun, but I know that somewhere, they're going to stop a moment, and think, "Oh, right, she's an adult." Which, makes me afraid that I may be different for them. Soon, I may be out of the house more often, driving, doing adult things, managing money, and soon be engaged. Just thinking of it reminds me of Elsa from 'Frozen.' Always feeling different, even around her sister, and that might soon be me. But, the little princes and princesses still think of me as their sister, and even if I am an adult, the sisterhood doesn't change. And each of them will go through the same stage in life. Everyone does.
I'm hoping that this year will be full of blessings and life for my little siblings. I want them to grow, accept life, be joyful, make fun messes for memories, and love Jesus.
I love each of my siblings, and forever will.