First, I would like to start by thanking B.J. and Brandy for stepping in this past week and doing an incredible job! It was a pleasure to have them here at SIS and I'm hoping they'll be regular guest bloggers. Feel free to jump in any time sistas!
Second, I'd like to welcome back Beth and Barb, the adventurers! I'm sure they'll have a few great stories to share with us. I'll bet they are glad to get back to civilization where they can get adequate cell phone and internet service.
Now, on to my ramblings....
My sons are 6 1/2 years apart. I didn't really plan it that way. It's just how it happened. At first, my oldest was excited about his new brother and was great with him. Now, it seems as though they fight constantly. It is a rare occurrence that they should actually get along with one another. The oldest is constantly picking on the younger and the younger seems like he really enjoys trying to get his big brother in trouble.
I have told them constantly that they should learn to appreciate one another. I've tried to explain to them that friends will come and go. Even life long friends may some day desert you for one reason or another. Your parents will eventually be gone, you may even separate from your spouse. But your sibling is your sibling. No matter what. And they will be there to support you and listen and help in any way they can.
Of course, there are exceptions. But if you treat your siblings with the respect that you would show a friend, you will have a life long relationship that is so important on so many different levels. I know that my sisters and brother are there for me always. It doesn't matter if sometimes life gets hectic and we don't talk as often as we should. There have been times when I have gone months without talking to some of my siblings. But when we get on the phone and catch up, it's like we never lost touch.
I just wanted to take the time to say how much I love it here at SIS. How much I love most all of the siblings getting involved and sharing little parts of their lives! If there is a blessing at all in the tumultuous summer that we have experienced, it is that we have become closer as a family and I am thoroughly enjoying it!
So, sisters and brother, I love you very much and I am sorry if I was ever mean to any one of you. But seeing as how I am the perfect child, (and the prettiest) it was probably all of you being mean to me, and I forgive you!
How important is your relationship with your sibling(s)? If you are an only child, would you want to have a sibling? If you have siblings, did you ever wish you were an only child?
Have a very blessed day!