More Than Just A Sister

She’s sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.

She can be sour with the sweetest intentions.

She’s crazy cool (too crazy at times, but I love her for it).

She has a facial expression for every occasion (the “Abby face” is my favorite).

She’s blunt and does not beat around the bush.

She’s full of laughter.

She is my sister Abigail:

Amazing.

Beautiful.

Intelligent.

Good-humored.

Adventurous.

Inspiring.

Loving.

And she is more than just my sister. She is my:

Forever friend.

Running buddy.

Inspiration.

Encourager.

News updater.

Defender.

Growing up, Abby has always been the craziest, funniest sister. You may see us now and think we’ve always been cool with one another or have always had a good sister relationship. However, that is far from the truth. There is no such thing as a perfect sibling relationship. There is always some sort of rivalry or jealousy involved.

My relationship with Abby has grown and become stronger with the passing years. There were seasons of heartache, bitterness, and rage. But despite it all, we found a way to restore and redeem our sister relationship.

Today (October 1st) is her birthday. If you haven’t yet, I highly encourage you to go wish her a happy birthday.

What would my life look like without my sister Abby?

Honestly, my life would be boring and not as adventurous. She brings so much laughter and joy to my life and to the lives of those around her. I LOVE that about her! Sometimes our roles switch and she becomes a big sister to me.

Countless of times she has encouraged me and believed in me when I couldn’t see passed my circumstances. Time and time again she shows up and makes herself available to remind me I am not alone and never will be.

Here are a few pictures of us:

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In this photo, Abby is obviously not happy. She had recently woken up from a nap. Fact, she’s a heavy sleeper.

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In this photo, Abby and I were at either a Quinceanera or wedding. We both wore our pageant dresses for this. We would take turns dancing with our dad and at times we would both dance with him simultaneously.

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As you may have noticed, our mom enjoyed dressing us like twins. People actually thought we were fraternal twins. After all, we’re only 13 months apart. Also, I’m pretty sure our mom made us hug each other in every picture.

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Behind the camera was a weird man trying to make us smile with a teddy bear or other silly things. I guess you can say it worked. We were pretty obedient kids 😉

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When we were younger, our parents would celebrate our birthdays together. In this picture we weren’t as young but we chose to celebrate our birthdays together.

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In this photo both Abby and I volunteered as running buddies for our sorority’s philanthropy of building strong girls through Girls on The Run of Bexar County.

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In this photo, Abby asked me to be one of her bridesmaids. It was a sweet moment that preceded chaos! Being a bridesmaid is HARD WORK! But nonetheless I enjoyed celebrating her every step of the way despite the drama and chaos.

 

Dear sister, I loved you yesterday. I love you still. I always have and I always will.

With endless love,

Your big sister Crystal

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