Friday, September 15, 2006

40?

happy 40th birthday to my westcoast sister!!!!

she's a sweet funny soul, who cheers my heart with cute e-mails and pictures ...

i remember babysitting her, laughing at the way she would walk on her tiptoes - like a spritely little fairy - her hair all matted at the back because it was so fine ...

i remember encouraging her to pray as we were walking to church, and her 4 year old self only knew to shut her eyes, steeple her hands as she walked alongside me like that ... *fond smile* ...

i remember the tough teen years and early adult ones ... yet she came out at the other end with more steel in her back and faith in her heart ...

i remember the joy in my heart when her boyfriend became a believer before they married ... together they have lived their lives with faith and hope ... encouragers ...

i'm sad that she lives so far away ... yet i am grateful for e-mails, phonecalls, webcam visits ... and the occasional real live visits too ...

i miss you, my sweet sisko ... may God bless you with a wonderful birthday and a new decade filled with His Joy ...


A sister smiles when one tells one's stories -
for she knows where the decoration has been added.
~Chris Montaigne

16 comments:

Jammie J. said...

Awww, it's nice that you have a good relationship with her, even though she's far away. Soooo, you just have to go visit her and then me! :P

Saija said...

jeanette ... yes, it is good ... when you guys were in ireland, they were in monteray ... in your neck of the woods - sort of! ... and a visit would be nice - one can dream, right!! blessings on your weekend!

Jammie J. said...

Monterey/Carmel/Pacific Grove is about an 8 hour drive north of where we are. Beautiful area, I've spent some time up there in the past as my x's grandparents lived there. :)

Jammie J. said...

and also the Laguna Seca raceway... forgot to mention that. I just saw the logo on your sis' hat. :)

Saija said...

jeanette ... they went to see some vintage race thing there, as well as celebrate the big birthday a bit early ... they shared cool pic ... i wish she would blog ... i think her outlook is enjoyable ... :o)

Mrs. Diamond said...

Happy Birthday to your sister. My birthday was September 11. :)

Debra said...

Saija--what a young sister you have! :) I hope she's had a wonderful day--you, too! And congrats on your camera--looks and sounds perfect. May you both have many good picture-taking years together. :) Blessings, Debra

Saija said...

mrsd ... aww, now i remember that ... hope it was a good day for you ... the weather has sure cooperated, eh?!!

debra ... yes, she is young ... the youngest of us kids is 30... so mom has 2 children who could be mine (33 being the other sisters age) ... as for the camera, i think i will use the auto feature for my vacation next week ... that way i won't mess up - and i'll play with features later on ... hope you have a restful weekend!

Terry said...

Dear Saija..This precious little write up is far better than any other fine gifts that you could give to your sister!!

It seems that good looks run in the family!....Love Terry

Happy Birthday Saija's baby sister!!

Saija said...

terry ... i told her i would blog about her, and she gave me permission to use the pic - taken just the other day ... thank you for the sweet comment ... :o)

Maggie Ann said...

'I'm sad that she lives so far away'...don't I know that feeling with my daughter! but thankfully, the visits keep us in touch just enought to get by...sigh. A wonderful post....a sister is a special gift from God. Very special...and Happy Birthday to yours dear friend!

Catherine said...

What a beautiful post! Happy birthday to your sister!

Saija said...

maggie ann ... i guess we have it easier than our parents and grandparents - re visits with loved ones that live a long way off ... just imagine the days when air travel was a true luxory and there were no webcams or cheap phone rates ... letters were from afar were treasured and reread many times ... hey - wait a minute! ... i remember those days quite well!!! does this make me officially old? ... *grin* ... blessings on your weekend!

catherine ... the weekend for you!!! you must be totally pooped out? ... hope all went well for your first week back at the salt mines! :o) ...

Badoozie said...

congrats on your camera!! i'm so excited for you, and look forward to really great pics. and your sis is cute! i am jealous, i wish i had a sis like you :}

Shelley said...

Happy birthday to your sister! Such a nice tribute to her.

Saija said...

susie ... how many siblings have you got? ... and we are "sisters" in Him ... right? :o)

shelley ... thank you, hope all is well in your world!!!