Sisters Are A Gift From God

Being one of 8 sisters may seem a little crazy to some of you, but to me it is my greatest blessing. My mom was so busy raising all of us that my sisters stepped in as second moms on a regular basis. I was the middle child so I took my turn as well. When our friends weren’t available to play, we always had a sister to play with.

Two years after my first child, a son, was born, my first daughter was born. She was followed by 3 more daughters. Raising girls was what I knew growing up and although my own mom didn’t have much time to spend with me one on one, I made sure my daughters and I became best friends. Watching my daughters become friends over the years has brought so much joy to my heart. I have included a blog post that my youngest daughter wrote 4 years ago:

“Three of the greatest gifts God has blessed me with in my life begin with the letter “S”: Haley, Chelsea, and Abby. Try to argue with me that none of these start with the letter “S”. You’ll ultimately lose, because they are all my sisters.

Bonnie L. Oscarson said, “To be sisters implies that there is an unbreakable bond between us. Sisters take care of each other, watch out for each other, comfort each other, and are there for each other through thick and thin.”
I love that she says “unbreakable bond”. Even though sisters take care of each other, watch out for each other, comfort each other, and are there for each other…this description leaves out some very important details about sisters. Having a sister means some of your clothes will disappear from your closet, your razor will get used, your hair brush becomes tangled with someone else’s hair, you won’t always get Mom’s attention, and you’ll have someone to fight and argue with on a regular basis. What I love about her saying “unbreakable bond” is that all of these things are true, yet because of this unbreakable bond there is nothing sisters can’t get through without coming out loving each other. God has blessed us with soft spots towards our siblings, so that no matter how angry or frustrated we may get with them, we know that we will forgive them and they will forgive us. That is why our siblings are truly our best friends.
I was specifically blessed with having a sister close in age to me; Abby and I are two years apart. There were only three years of my schooling that we weren’t together. Although I still love my oldest sisters with an indescribable love, Abby and I will always have a special bond and Haley and Chelsea–being close in age themselves–can attest to that. Today is Abby’s birthday. She is turning twenty years old, so she is finally out of the teen years. Having today be her birthday just reminded me at how blessed I am to have sisters, especially to have THREE along with a sister-in-law. They have taught me more about life than any other person…besides my mom. To feel their love for me is one of the greatest feelings in my life. They are there for me. They comfort me. They lift me up through life’s trials. If God hadn’t given me these three amazing women in my life, I would not be where I am today.”   Lauren McIntosh
Being that I am the mother of these 4 sisters and know what it was like in our home while they were growing up, I can attest that they didn’t always love each other. Sisters can be your enemy one minute and your fiercest ally the next. My sisters always have my back and I have theirs. We have stuck together through the passing of a child, infertility, cancer, illness, struggling with our marriages, raising children, depression, aging parents, as well as boundless triumphs in life.
God gave me 7 sisters and 2 additional blessed sister in laws to love, support and at times carry me in this life. I am so grateful that my own daughters were given that blessing as well.