Growing up I always wanted a sister. Don’t get me wrong. I love my brother (and all the times he would pin me down and tickle me until I almost cried- sarcasm). But I wanted a sister to share clothes with, stay up late talking about boys with, and shoe shop with.
I never got me a sister. Never even really had a girlfriend that was sister like (actually Steph, you were pretty darn close). And now I have the sisterchicks and if it was up to me we would all find some island (of course somewhere warm) and move there with all our families.
Five years ago I was blessed with a sister-in-law. I was so thankful with who my brother chose to marry after a close call….. well if you can’t say something nice…….
For the past five years my brother and sister in law have lived in Chicago. Close enough to see them often. Not close enough to see them often enough. They have been wonderful aunts and uncles to my kids, our favorite euchre partners and our favorite people to gang up on my parents with.
Next week my brother and sister in law will close on a house 20 minutes from where we live. And I could not be more excited. First of all with them comes my niece and soon to be niece/nephew. My kids absolutely can’t get enough of their cousin and I love watching them develop a special bond.
And because I do truly love my little brother I am happy that he will be close. Thankfully he has stopped tickling me and instead tortures my girls. He must enjoy high pitched screaming.
But truth be told, I am most excited about gaining a sister (the in-law part it just a technicality). Beth already has a sister so I would never presume to take her place, but I hope to run a close second. We already got the shopping buddy thing down. I can’t quite get her to make fun or my brother regularly (I am working on it). And as soon as she pops this baby out I am hoping for some serious girl’s night outs around town with a bottle (or two) of wine.
I don’t know how long they will settle here, but I am very, very thankful for this time to have them close and involved in our lives.