Tuesday, June 24, 2008

My sister

So can I tell you how awesome my sister is? She is great. I was thinking about her today when I was wallowing in my own misery, AKA, my period.

My sister is a true testament to overcoming adversity. She was born 2.5 months early and was in the NICU for months. Because of how early she was born, she ended up being 50% deaf in each ear. Her each canals did not develop properly. So for the past 28 years of her life, she has struggled. She has struggled to hear. Struggled to speak properly. Struggled with those that made fun of her hearing aids. Struggled with everything.

Looking back, life was always pretty easy for me. Sure, I worked hard and not everything was handed to me but when I think about it, I have had a fortunate and rather easy life. And then I look at my sister, and things haven't been so easy. She's had to fight for everything she has. She has had to work very hard. And its been worth it for her- she has a great job, a great husband, a beautiful house. She speaks beautifully and if you didnt know her story, you wouldnt know about the tiny hearing aids she hides behind her beautiful hair.

But I know. And I respect her and I am proud of her. Because hs is amazing and she inspires me every day.

Oh and the pics below? Not from our finest moment. They are from her bachelorette party- after about 5 beers each. We are so klassy!


hopefaithlove said...

YOU GUYS DEFINATELY PASS AS SISTERS, you look exactly a like except the hair color! How sweet

Lindsey said...

I love the pics, they are goofy and silly and totally cute.
So apparently your parents breed inspirational people because you are a huge inspiration to me!

Bliss04 said...

i had no idea about your sis! i truly believe things like that happen for a reason. without those types of stories, there would be no inspiration in the world! you're very lucky to have such a great family!

Molly said...

What a fantastic sister you have!

Shannon said...

Shannon! I love the pictures! So cute :-)I have been MIA for a a week so its good to be back and catch up!

Stephanie said...

That is so sweet of you to write about her. She sounds like an amazing person...and just so you know, she has an amazing sister too. ;)

Kristin (kekis) said...

Isn't it great when one of your heroes is someone you know? Even better that you're related!

I have a severely handicapped brother who is my hero. He was sent to me for so many reasons, and he holds a special part of my heart that noone else ever can or will.