Happy Birthday Sister!

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to this special lady, my sister, and forever friend, ANGIE!

Screen Shot 2013-03-18 at 8.19.17 AMToday Angie turns 27. How can we be so old already? It seems like just yesterday we were sprawled out across her bed talking about boys and friends and youth group. Now here we are with husbands, kids, and all grown up. We’ve seen each other through all the awkward, happy, sad, exciting, and unforgettable stages of life. I’m incredibly thankful to have a sister like her.Screen Shot 2013-03-18 at 9.20.17 AM

As a kid, Angie lived outside. She would play for hours on our massive tree swing, practice tricks on the trampoline, and go exploring in the woods. She would beg my mom to make me play with her (I was playing “school” inside). We used to make up so many games and I especially remember our endless endeavor to create the world’s longest hop scotch down our winding driveway. In elementary I was always the fashionista and Angie was always the tom-boy. I would try so hard to give her style advice (like silk floral tops- how in were those?). I still remember the day she came home from a trip to Fashion Bug with my mom wearing short jean shorts and a Whinny the Pooh shirt (those were so hot too!). I almost fainted. This was the day that changed it all. 🙂Screen Shot 2013-03-18 at 9.18.21 AM

When we moved to Oklahoma at ages 11 and 13 we went to a brand new school, Grace Fellowship. I remember our first day of school and how we could not believe our nerdy uniforms. We laughed so hard at each other’s pleated skirts to mid-calf and “ties” around the neck. Were we actually going in public like this? My middle school years were filled with comments like, “what’s it like to have such a beautiful sister?” or “Dude, your sister is so hot!”. Good thing she got a boyfriend so I didn’t have to endure this very long. 🙂 Needless to say, she was immediately loved and had lots of friends. I’ll never forget the way she included me with her friends. Let’s face it, most middle-schoolers are less than cool (I was NO exception- trust me). She was never embarrassed of me. She was always kind to me. Even though I was probably the loudest, most hyper, and silly 12 year old around (there’s video to prove this) she loved me and thought I was the greatest. The exception being a few times, when she called me a “brat” (the worst word you could ever call someone) and I would cry my eyes out. Thanks Ang!Screen Shot 2013-03-18 at 9.21.28 AM

Throughout our teenage years she taught me EVERYTHING, including: how to do my makeup, how to act around boys, how to “not be stuck-up”, how to handle our strict parents :), and SO much more. I truly don’t know where I would be without her influence in my life. She always kept me grounded and reminded me to continue being my silly self. Besides my parent’s marriage, I’ve had another great example in Angie and Josh and all throughout their dating experience. I watched Josh treat Angie with so much respect. He always treated her like a lady and really raised my expectations for future boyfriends. I wanted to wait for a wonderful man just like Angie did.Screen Shot 2013-03-18 at 9.18.52 AM

Throughout these years of marriage and kids, I’ve learned even more from Angie. She taught me so much about being a wife and cultivating a fun relationship full of laughter and happiness. We walked through every quirk of pregnancy together and she was there with advice and support right up until labor. I can’t count the number of questions I’ve asked her since having Emmy. I’m convinced she knows everything.Screen Shot 2013-03-18 at 9.22.14 AM

Anyway, all this to say, my sister is an amazing person. Beautiful both inside and out. She is an unbeatable mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. She is extremely others-focused and incredibly thoughtful. She has always been there for me and been the absolute best friend she could possibly be to me. She will always be the person I look up to and go to for advice. She’s definitely worth celebrating!20130318-113438.jpgLOVE YOU ANG! You deserve the best day!

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