Thursday, September 18, 2008


It's that time again -- Thankful Thursday has rolled around. I've been waiting for today because I am passionate about my subject and only hope I can do her justice.

I am thankful for my sister and her family. They have not always lived nearby and I value this time we have together. I know it may not last forever, and I view it as a treasure.

I am grateful for our friendship. It runs deep and is true. We share a love of Jesus, family, God's Word, ministry, sewing, healthy living, and photography. When you have this much in common, it doesn't require much 'work' to be friends. Oh! I forgot to include phones. Our young families don't leave us much time to actually get together, and when we do there aren't many quiet moments to actually talk, so we communicate more hours on the phone than I care to admit. (Good thing we can both multi-task.)

This is my favorite recent picture of Elizabeth with baby Evan.

I am always amazed that whenever I am in crisis, she speaks to me through my self-appointed love language - food! She calls on her amazing chef to whip us up something fantasical and leaves it in our freezer.

I am indebted to her memories of childhood (as mine seem to be fading). She reminds me that a good mother knows how to give Eskimo kisses and sing This is a Story About Sammy.

This is us on a missions trip together in Russia (15 years ago!)

I am always impressed with what a great aunt she is. She really loves my kids like they are her own. My girls adore the boy cousins, and I love how often they get to be together.

I am thankful that she can put up with my different moods and often help me out of one. She doesn't hold grudges, or use petty things to stir up controversy. She listens to all I have to say and knows me better than almost anybody. She epitomizes Romans 12:15, "Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep." When we miscarried our baby boy, she cried over the phone with me -- the best consolation she could have given me. As I said, she loves my kids as her own.

"After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return to his father's house. And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself."
~ 1 Samuel 18:1-3

Today I am thankful for my little sister and tomorrow is her birthday - Happy Early Birthday, Elizabeth!


For more encouraging words of thanks, stop by and visit Iris at Sting My Heart.


Peggy said...

Beautiful family! I'm sure your sister appreciates you as well.

It's great when family members live close enough to help each other.

Melanie said...

Such a beautiful tribute to your sister! I have two sisters that I wouldn't trade for the world, so I know exactly what you mean. They are so special!

Happy Thankful Thursday!

Nancie said...

Rebecca, this is such a sweet thankful post. Thank God for blessing your relationship with your sister. She is truly very precious! The children are all so sweet. Glad that they can enjoy one another too. Thanks for sharing with us. Take care and have a blessed weekend!

Lori @ Front Porch Legacy said...

How sweet! I'm thankful for my two brothers! God bless.

Elizabeth said...

I'm the sister! : ) But I just had to tell y'all that she gave me way too much credit!

What she failed to say was that I learned most of what I know from her! : ) I wouldn't be this sister if it weren't for her.

I am overwhelmed that I made it on her blog and humbled by everything she had to say. I have the most fun of times with her and am truly blessed to be the sister she wrote about today!

Elizabeth said...

Oh! And not to be vain or anything, but you need to post a good picture of us together soon. Yikes! : ) Love you!