Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ode to Josie

The day I turned 14, I received the best birthday present ever…a baby sister.


I learned much of what I know of being a mother from doting on Josie.

Id sneak into the nursery and pick up “my” sleeping baby and bring her to bed with me.

I learned to French braid on her hair (and to this day she insists that I braided so tight that I gave her Asian eyes).

My mother taught me to sew and I picked out baby-blue fabrics and made Josie’s 1st birthday dress.

Ironic, isn’t it, that 14 years later she is putting my babies to sleep at night, tying bows in their hair in the morning and crocheting a new blankie for Evie?

We have loved having Auntie Jo a part of our family for two entire months this summer! She has helped me corral the kids on the ranch and has been tirelessly patient with these rough and tumble cow-kids! Its been an unforgettable summer sis and I am SO thankful for you!


After living out of a suitcase for 70 days, we are happily homeward bound. Doubtless, I will have stories to tell after the estimated 34 hours in the car driving through Yellowstone and back to the east coast with 5 kids, 4 massive suitcases, 3 nights on the road, 2 exhausted parents and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

9 comments:

Jess said...

I can't wait to hear all the stories and see y'all! Lorelei says hello!

Laura said...

Have a safe trip back! We are looking forward to seeing you.

Love,
Lee, Laura, Caleb, and Graysen

Rebecca said...

Happy Trails...can't wait to see you soon!

I have to agree with you on your baby sister! She is precious!

Lacey said...

Its nice to travel but also nice to come home too. I have a sister like that. I carried her around everywhere and she was my baby. Now she lives out of state and I don't get to see her as much as I would like.

Heather said...

What a sweet post and great pictures! That's a long time gone from your home, wow!

Donna said...

Gorgeous areas you are visiting...great pics...and beautiful people!!

Faith M. said...

Have a safe trip. What an unbelievable summer.

Anonymous said...

What an absolutely beautiful tribute to your sister. Must have been a wonderful summer for the both of you. Hugs to all. aa

J said...

That was so sweet about your sister! What a blessing.~Julie S.

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