Monday, April 09, 2007

Happy Birthday Mel!

Today is my oldest sister Melisa's 34th birthday! She's eight year's older than me so this one of me as a baby, and Lacy and her, is the best I could find of us as little girls. It reminds me of why we didn't know each other that well growing up... eight years is a big gap, when you're 10 and 18. But now I'm slowly catching up, and getting to know my sweet sister as an adult has been one of the best things about growing up. She's loyal, and genuine, almost incapable of being pretentious. And she's an amazing wife and mother. She's firm in her ideas and opinions and isn't easily swayed by people or circumstances-- to me, that's totally a big-sister quality, boasting that confidence I hope to have some day. She seems to think wisely about everything she says, never putting her foot in her mouth-- That probably sounds like a funny thing to notice or admire, but when you suffer from foot-in-mouth as often as I do, you notice. She's smooth and elegant, an artist and interior designer by nature.

I remember when I was in High School, she moved back in for a summer before she met her husband and all three of us girls lived in the "garage room". Three beds took up the whole room and it should have been a nightmare, but I was honored to share such close quarters with her. I LOVED watching her do yoga in the backyard (and trying to mimic her) and get ready for work in her slinky skirts and heels each morning. She had SUPER short platinum hair back then, and of course...I loved her hair. I think it's just innate... thinking your big sister is the coolest, loving everything she does, and wears, and says. I don't think I'm quite as crazy as I sound.?? And my respect for her makes me that much more excited for Sophia to be that big sister some day.

Big sisters are the best.

7 comments:

Lindsay & Weston said...

The three of you are beautiful! I totally agree that sisters are the best. I feel very fortunate to not only work with both of mine but that we live so close to each other and get to spend time with each other regularly. There's just something different about that sisterly relationship....I love it!

Missy said...

I second that. You three are gorgeous. Obvious beauty in your genes Lil. Happy Birthday Melisa!

Lacy said...

Gosh Lil, you made me cry again. This baby needs to come and let my hormones start getting back to normal. I just wanted to add my conviction that Melisa is everything that you said- no exageration. Even if she couldn't send me a whole house full of furniture and decorative items;) Happy birthday Melis- you are amazing!

Brandon or Michelle. said...

hooray for beautiful girls...and for new posts from lillie!

My only sister is 14 years my junior..perhaps this was a reminder that I can still be cool to her, if I try a little. thanks :)

Sarah said...

I love that you have made your beautiful old memories digital. The photo of you and your sisters in early sisterhood is priceless. And really, whatever genetic blessing tree is giving out the genes that made the three of you STUNNING, I want to stand under. Sisters are the best. Happy Birthday Melisa!!

(You're coming one week from tomorrow! Ah! giddy! need to work on that email:)

Lizzie said...

Lillie! I finally caught up on your blog (okay not all of it, but a lot)
= ) Happy Birthday Melisa! I miss you Lillie and I hope you are feeling better!

Becky Freestone said...

that picture is so cute. you girls are all so beautiful. that is so sweet to see how much you admire your big sis. she sounds like a sweet girl.