Sisters are forever best friends.
Through thick and thin, from little to big, they are the ones that share the memories, the funny stories, the hard conversations, the inside jokes with you. There is an invisible bond there, so strong and deep and tightly woven. It started with our shared history, but continues today, I think, because of our life-giving friendship.
We've had our share of pulling hair and fussing over clothes and telling Mom that Heather was the one that hid the watch and will Jen really have to graduate in the laundry room?! We haven't been perfect and things are certainly different than when we all lived at home together. But even with Kurt, there is something so sweet and special about our sibling relationship. There is such love and admiration there, a constant joviality when we are together.
We share recipes and party ideas, can burst into song from any Rogers and Hammerstein musical, and are all bosom friends with Anne of Green Gables. We can talk about make-up and theology in the same conversation. Being known and understood on some of the deepest levels is truly a gift. Ahhh, I love them each so much.
This year, Jen would turn 36 and Heather would be 29!! We planned a little party for Jen at the house and here she is, walking in to balloons and burgers and games, all to celebrate her!!
We love our Aunt Jenny!!
Just because it's your birthday doesn't mean you can get out of work, haha!! Feeding Baby Adam!
I made Pumpkin Crumble Cake.. and my note on this recipe says, "Make this every first day of fall." It was so, so good!!
And just like she did when we were growing up, Mom made Jen a Cherry Cheesecake Pie!!
We played a little game called 1981 where everyone had to answer questions about that year. Lo and behold, Jenny WON!!!!
After Wadie grilled and we ate lunch, I insisted that Jen have all 36 candles put in her pie, ha!! Look how pretty!!
Singing Happy Birthday!!
Can the balloon garland stay all year round?! I just love how bright and colorful it was!!
Hahaha, we were CRYING from laughing so hard at Heather's joke!! She asked the kids if anyone wanted a bite of the cream cheese pie off her spoon.. except that it was really MAYONNAISE!!!!!!!! Ahhhh, Grant fell for it and ate a big bite.. and I don't think he ever realized it wasn't pie, either!! We were all dying!!
Thanks, Mom, for always making us birthday cakes!! (And pies!!)
And then it was Pictionary time.. all words describing Jenny!!
The kids were screaming out answers with us!!
The girls ended up winning the game!!!! Because, duh. Ha!!
Happy birthday to our beautiful Jenny!!
Two months later and it was Heather's birthday!! We brought dishes out to the property and enjoyed a picnic lunch all together!!
Mom made her perfect Carrot Cake..
..and we sang to our Hezzy!!
Happy last year of your 20s, Hezzy!!
We ate and then sat in rocking chairs, discussing mom life and homeschooling and plans for the future. We listened to the kids play and visited until it got dark, when we slowly packed everything up and gave our last rounds of hugs and laughs. You know those "soul moments" that fill your heart up and leave you feeling inspired and satisfied with life?? That was Hezzy's birthday this year, full of sweet memories, encouraging conversation, and an afternoon of peaceful rest.
Happy birthdayyyy, Jenny and Hezzy!!
I love you both, oh, so much!!