Friday, August 26, 2016


Sisters are the best ... don't you think?
Well, maybe not all the time. My siblings and I had some skirmishes through the years. But the love sticks.

From the top: Leslie, Me, and Myrn. Sunning ourselves alongside a
Yukon Lake while our dad was fishing.

Me & Myrn at Mt. Rainier

When I sat down at my computer tonight I didn't know exactly what I wanted to say. I knew only that my heart was full, and it was aching.

My sister and her husband arrived ten days ago, from Alaska. Today, Greg and I drove them to Eugene so they could catch an early flight home in the morning. Their ten day visit flew by much too quickly. When I gave Myrn a hug good-bye I didn't cry. I was surprised because the last couple of days I couldn't even think about saying another farewell without tears thundering up behind my eyes.

We had so much fun together. This trip was different than others. Myrn and Steve came with the intention to spend time with family, to let their hair down a bit, have some fun, and enjoy their time in Oregon ... no work, well hardly any.

We didn't do anything extra special ... just chatted a lot and laughed a lot, cried a little, had dinners out, drank iced tea and painted our nails, and we hung out in our jammies a couple of mornings while we watched episodes of Drop Dead Diva. And we made it to church with our Mama. It was the best visit ever.

Tonight I walked by our guest room and everything was back the way it had been before she and Steve arrived, everything was in order. It felt so empty. My Sis has gone home. The tears started. I miss her and I will keep on missing her.

Even so, I am grateful - grateful to have a sister, and to have one like Myrn. She's my Sis who loves me. She prays for me and my husband and my kids and even my friends. She's the sister God made, not just for me, but sometimes it feels like it. We don't agree on everything (but most things) and she blesses my life.


 Now we have new memories to fill our minds and hearts. And next time she comes we just might not do anything special again. We don't need anything spectacular - all we need is time together.

What's your favorite thing to do when family comes to visit?

Thank you so much for coming, Myrn. I love you. Can't wait until next time.

Your Big Sister


  1. Oh you are so very blessed! I have two sisters. My oldest died over 30 years ago. And my older sister just doesn't want to have anything to do with me or my family and I'm the only family she has left! So thankful that you have such an amazing relationship with yours! I know you'll treasure it always!

    1. Hi Lynn. I'm so sorry to hear you lost one of your sisters so early in life. I did too. My youngest sister, the blonde in the photo, died many years ago from Lupus. But she loved the Lord and I know one day we will be reunited.

      And I pray for your other sister and that the Lord will bring the two of you back together in love.

      Peace to you.

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  2. Bonnie, I grew up with four brothers and a sister. My sister arrived when I was in first grade, an answer to a seven-year-old's prayers. We used to live states apart, but now she is just 12 miles away!

    This past December, we six "kids" lost our oldest brother to pancreatic cancer. Now we are five. Whether it's a brother or sister, they're gifts to be cherished. I'm glad you and your sister shared such a memory-making week. Even gladder that you took time to write about it. Made me teary!

  3. Hi Bonie. Wow, you had a big family. There were five kids in mine. My youngest sister died many years ago and waits for the rest of us in heaven. And how thrilling that you live so close to your sister. Myrn and I used to live only one mile apart. I miss those days so much.

    How tragic to lose your brother.

    Bless you.

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  5. Mom is from Montana and used to enjoy shopping when she came. One year when we didn't have transportation, I jokingly suggested we could take my scooter. We were out the door in no time!

  6. I had two scooters at the time, so we both rode one.

    1. I can just see you two. Fun. Thank you for sharing.