Friday, March 16, 2012


As I watch our girls grow, I am amazed at their sense of devotion and loyalty. When Cora, the youngest, is sad, who does she run to? Not Mama anymore but "Sissy," who comforts her with a bear hug and kind, nurturing words: "It's okay, sweet baby. I love you." And little sister just grins at her Sissy, as if Sissy hung the moon. 

And if Kate, the oldest, wakes up before her little sister, she begs to wake up "Cor-Cor" so she can play with her. The love and affection our daughters show toward one another is precious and tugs at my heartstrings.   

As a sister to a younger brother, that bond is something I cannot fully understand. A brother-sister relationship is just different, I think. My brother and I were never affectionate or gentle towards one another as our girls are. While I empathized with him when he had to endure a spanking, I seriously think he laughed when I was punished. We never sat and had long talks like sisters do, nor did we ever share clothes. :) Sure we played together and had our share of adventures, but it was just different.

In the weeks following our ultrasound--when we found out we were expecting our third daughter--I admit I was sad. Part of me really longed for a little boy to love and nurture and to experience that special "mother-son relationship" with. Yet, as I think about this next little girl and her place in our family, my heart is comforted because I know she will be dearly loved: Not only by her Daddy and Mama, but also by a big Sissy who will be her protector and by her little Sissy who will kiss and hug her probably more than she will like. 

 While change is often difficult, especially the arrival of a new baby into a family, I know that the bond between these girls--these sisters--will transcend the difficulties. Thankfully, we serve a God who knows exactly what His children need even when it isn't necessarily what we want.

Growing Home


  1. This is so sweet. I think God puts this bond in some relationships. My 4 year old granddaughter seems to have this same affection and gentleness for her 2 year old brother. She often pats his hand and talks sweetly to him and sometimes sighs and says, "Don't we have the best little brother in the world." But it doesn't seem as strong a bond between this little brother and his 2 other sisters.
    We always pray our children will be lifelong friends in the Lord...and some are just that!
    Thanks for sharing about this sweet relationship between your daughters, and how God knew exactly who needed to be born next in your family!

    1. How precious to see that bond between a brother and sister! I pray that my children will all be lifelong friends, as you suggest. Thanks for your sweet words of encouragement and for stopping by my blog. Many blessings to you!

  2. So adorable! I am a mother of two and just LOVED your post.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

    1. Thank you so much! I must say you are a very talented photographer. Thanks for visiting my site.

  3. I found your blog through the Time Warp Wife linkup. I love this post. I can relate except I'm expecting our third boy lol. It's amazing the bonds my sons have. They can be mad at each other one second but be best friends the next. They have adventures everyday together. When our little one comes he's going to have two big brothers to protect him and drive him crazy :)

    I wanted a girl so bad and was disappointed that I was having another boy at first but you are right, God does know exactly what His children need :)

  4. I have to remind myself daily that God's ways are much bigger than mine. He has had a plan since before Creation. Who am I to question it? Still, as a human with sinful tendencies and flaws, I struggle with accepting His sovereignty at times. He knows what's best; I just have to trust in that.

    Blessings to you in your pregnancy and beyond! Thanks for stopping by!