Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy Birthday To My Sister Jen

I interrupt this Wednesday's usual Love/Hate link up to bring you one of my all time heroes in life; 
My Sister Jenny.

Today is Jenny's birthday  I would just like to take this opportunity to do a little blaggin about her.

She's the beautiful bride in the above photo. On the left is my younger sister Gina, then my Momma, and Me.
I really could go on and on about all 3 of these women in that photo, because they are all so unequivocally amazing, but today is Jenny's day so let me do some blaggin(blogging+bragging) about my sister Jen.

Ever since I can remember I have looked up to my sister Jen.
If Jenny was playing with a toy I wanted it.
If Jenny was going somewhere I wanted to go with her.
If Jenny was singing a song I tried to sing with.
You get the idea. 
Early on in life I know I was a real pain in the butt  and had a bit of the Copy Cat syndrome stuck up in my bones. 
Poor Jenny.
I think it's a typical younger sibling kind of thing to look up to your older sibling with adoration. 
But, there was a brief moment when I remember I didn't want to be like her.
When we were teens, well she was a teen I was probably a 12 year old tween, Jen had a rough patch in life.  To quote one of my favorite movies, "She was an angry little Elf." 
It's crazy to think about now but there was a time when around every corner she seemed to be getting in trouble, and with passion.
And then like a switch that was turned on her life changed.
She came to know Christ in such a way that her little sister was left wondering what happened to Jenny?
She truly was a new creation in Christ.
You see, the thing about Jen is that she does this LIFE whole heartedly. 
She is not your stick your toe in the water to see if its warm kinda gal.
Oh no, she is go jump in off the diving board full force and then find out whether the water is warm enough kinda gal. 
COMPLETE opposite of me, but it is without a doubt what I love about her so much.
And it is what I admire most about her relentless pursuit to know her Savior.
From the moment she could choose her life's course 
She's like this;
I think I'll move to Tulsa OK the day I turn 18 to go to college
Then I think I'll move to LA
Then maybe I should move to Europe(Hungary, Budapest to be exact)  where I don't know anyone and don't know the language.
I think now I'll take up Triathlons.
Sure, yeah, let's DO THIS!!
Never a worry, never a care she just goes and does whatever it is in heart to do.

And now that we are older, wiser, and I hope more mature
I still admire her for those reasons.
Sometimes I wonder if she is ever afraid of anything. 
She has been my biggest cheerleader
My longest friend
My sister in word 
and in deed. 

Happy Birthday Jen 
I love you more than words 
could ever say


Mia @ The Chronicles of Chaos said...

What a sweet post! :) Happy Birthday to your sister.

No(dot dot)el said...

Thank you Mia.

Kelly said...

Oh your sister sounds AMAZING!!! :)

No(dot dot)el said...

She really is SO amazing Kelly. You would love her.

Brittany T. said...

awhhh what a special, amazing sister and bond you two have! LOVE the wedding pic w/you 4 ladies, everyone's so pretty! I love having a sister! it's the best!

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