Each year it seems my appreciation grows for my twin sister. Growing up we never realized the significance, or uniqueness, of being an identical twin. We longed for our own identities, separation from our look alike… constantly seeking to find the differences and striving to be better than each other. In the last year I’ve been reminded so many times that other people still see our similarities, and marvel at how cool it must be to be a twin. Each time someone would say something I’d call Terra and tell her that people were asking my how “my” kids were, or that I just had a full conversation with someone that believed I was their insurance agent. It sounds funny, but those little thing are sweet reminders of how special He created us, and that it is cool being a twin.
In the last year, I’ve had the privilege of watching my sister become a mom for the 2nd time. I’ve seen her marriage thrive, my precious nephew grow, and met my niece. I’ve seen new characteristics in the person that is supposed to be so much like me. She has taken on new challenges, new perspectives, and sacrificed. I wish she could see herself as I see her… the amazing strength that I know she possesses, what an incredible mom she is, how much love and caring she gives to others. I love watching her with Noah and Madison - that despite how little sleep she’s had or how anxious she may feel, her love for them just pours forth. You can’t look at Terra with her kids and not see how much she loves them. I am so glad that my sister married the love of her life, and that they have such a sweet and beautiful family.
I know you’ve experienced some new things this last year, Ter, and that you’re in the midst of finding out just how strong you are. But I want you to know that I admire you for the person you are, and the person you’re becoming. I have so much faith in you, knowing that you’re going to come through this time of trial as more than a conqueror. I am thanking God for another year with you, to be close to you and your family, and that He’s reminded me so sweetly what special bond we have. I don’t know what it’s like to not be a twin, but I know that I love being your twin. You mean so much to me, Terra, and my prayer is that God will flood you with His peace, and that this year will be one of growth, that you will draw closer to Him, and that you’ll see yourself as He sees you. You’re beautiful and amazing - and I want you to see those traits in yourself. Happy Birthday my sweet sister - GBS TONS and TONS!
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