My Greatest Adventure

Life is a crazy roller coaster. There are bumps and turns, twists and loops. And sometimes you don’t see any of them coming. If someone had told me my life would turn out the way it’s turning out, I don’t know if I would have believed them. 

Life is full of adventures. For some, the great adventure of their life is their career. For some it’s traveling, or finding their soul mate, or moving to a new place 1,346 miles away. I thought that would be my greatest adventure. And tonight, sitting at a movie theater with my sister, I realized I was wrong. 

What’s my greatest adventure? 

Being a sister. Paul and Zack, it may not be officially official yet, but I’ve never had older brothers, and I’m diggin’ it. I like having a brother to text when the finale of Game of Thrones is CRAZY, and I like having a brother who calls and asks if I want to go to lunch (even if lunch ends up with me having a pierced nose). Thanks for letting me be your sister. 

Preslie: oh, where do I begin? The 13 year age gap is expansive. But do you know why that’s so good? Because I get to enjoy watching you grow. I love how excited you get to see me. I love how you’re almost always up to cuddle with me. I love how absolutely enthralled you become when you learn something new. You are precious, sweet girl. You are destined for beautiful and glorious things, and I thank God He saw fit to bless me with a little sister like you. 

Haleigh Bug, you are a mess. You speak more languages than me at 10 years old, and you have a spirit hard to contend with. I love that even as you’re getting older, you still want to cuddle with me. You’re always up for anything. I adore that you want to ride in the car with me, and that radio sing along sessions are a thing. You have no idea that you created a family when you came along, but you did. I remember dressing you up like a doll, because at 9 years old, that’s what you were to me and Nat. There is so much life ahead of you, Bug. And I have no doubt that you will wring all the life out of it that you can. God gave you a spirit of love, and always remember that. 

Lance, my little brother…words cannot express. Our relationship has a special place in my heart, and always will. I love you to the moon and back, and I will always be here for you to talk to, even when I’m 1,346 miles away from home. I will miss the way your hugs are so tight it’s hard to breathe, and I will miss late night talks. I will miss every hair on your head, and my home is always open to you. 

And to the girl I grew up with, the girl I’ve played with and cried with and done almost everything with: you are my built in best friend. I cannot express to you how much I will miss you, Nat. I know we haven’t always seen eye to eye. We have argued the way only sisters can, you have been annoyed because I have a tendency to “mom” you. We slam doors and call each other names and talk about each other to our friends. But at the end of the day, when in 20 years we don’t have those friends, we will have each other. We’ve been through so much together. We have parented each other, we have cleared the tears from the others face, and I have felt like you were the only person I had in this world. Nothing will ever change that for me. I would go to the ends of the earth to protect you, and I will do anything for you. You are so smart, and hilarious. You are fun to be around and your laugh is contagious. I will miss sitting in silence next to you, watching Netflix. I will miss how you are always up for Chick-fil-A, even if you just ate two hours ago. I will miss everything about you. You know me in a way no one else will ever know me, and I know that I am blessed to have a sister like you in my life. I pray that you will accomplish all God has in store for you, and may your EP always be on the up. 

Being a sister is hard work. Especially to 6 siblings. It requires being 6 different people, rolled into one. 

To my sisters: wait for the man who makes you feel not only butterflies, but also safe. Wait for the man who holds open doors, and prays for and with you, and tells you all the things that he loves about you. That guy will make you laugh throughout the years, and will hold your hand when I can’t. 

To my brothers: is there anything I could say you wouldn’t roll your eyes at? I doubt it. So keep doing you. All of you are fun to be around, and I love each of you. Zack, make sure you keep saving the bad dates numbers, so you don’t accidentally answer when she calls. Lance, I will run off your first few girlfriends. It’s my job as big sister. This is your warning. 

Being a sister to all of you is, and I think will always be, my greatest adventure. Thank you for teaching me how to love, how to fight, how to forgive, and how to pretend. Thank you for discussing GoT theories and going when I get my nose pierced and thank you for movie dates and thank you for being yourselves. You’re irreplaceable. 

My greatest adventure is being your sister, and thank you for that. I may be a lot of things. A wife, a daughter, a blogger…but only you guys could make me a sister. 

“Siblings are a piece of your childhood that can never be lost.” 

I love you, guys. 

XOXO, 

Em. 

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