Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sisters




Amy and Nicole, my mermaid sisters.

To have a sister is a wonderful thing. I know- because I have one*. I got her when I was 19 and married my darling husband Dave.

Amy was 15 or 16 at the time, her wavy hair was long, blond and usually tangled, fitting of the surf rat lifestyle she led. She was creative, talented, fiery and passionate, not one to mince her words or back down on her convictions.

She carries those same admirable traits with her to this very day, though her hair is more often brushed than not.

Amy and I have been part of the same family for almost 11 years now and during that time we have enjoyed every good thing that sisterhood has to offer - long conversations about life and love, champagne and dancing, shoe sharing and wardrobe trading.

Seven years ago I stood next to Ames as she said 'I do' and in about three months from now, Amy and I will stand beside Nicole as she is bound by marriage and tied to this crazy bunch.

Come September, Amy and I will have locked in another sister! A true keeper with her own tangled blond locks and surfing tendencies.

For the rest of our lives we'll have a lady team - a gaggle to share 'in' jokes with and a couple of shoulders to cry on.

For me, that's a whole lot of awesome.

Do you have sisters? Are you close?







*I actually have two now as my brother recently married his beautiful bride.

32 comments:

  1. No sister (sad face) I think they could of been fun growing up, I find the sisterhood in friendships, so I'm blessed with that! x

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  2. I have 3 and a brother who I call 'my other sister' :) He played Barbies with us with his G.I Joe dolls! We're a very tight knit bunch... Crazy, loud, in each others faces but I wouldn't have it any other way!

    Sophie xo

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  3. I love these posts, Em! Such a beautiful lady team you make!

    Though lifestyle choices have torn our bonds apart, I still consider myself incredibly blessed to have grown up with my two beautiful younger sisters.
    Now I surround myself with my hand-picked sisters - many I have never met in person, but through this platform I have created my own sisterhood of hilarious, intelligent, creative & loving women.

    Sar xx

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    1. I do love a lady team. I'm so sad to hear that lifestyle choices have driven a wedge between you and your sisters. I can only pray that time will heal that and you will be close again.

      My mum's sisters has made the same 'life style' choices as you and she and her sister are TIGHT. I hope you enjoy the same down the track

      big love lady
      x

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  4. Sweet girls.

    Yes and Yes! Amen to that!

    x

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  5. :) I have 5! 3 blood and 2 I inherited when I married my beloved. They are all ace and I wouldn't be without them...Yey for sisters x

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  6. What a gorgeous photo and what a wonderful 'gaggle' you three make. I love my sister very much, our differences sometimes get in the way but is be lost without her. X

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  7. What a gorgeous photo and what a wonderful 'gaggle' you three make. I love my sister very much, our differences sometimes get in the way but is be lost without her. X

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  8. YES!! I have two - and I'm lucky enough to have a younger and older sis. So grateful to have me ladies for life. ;)

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  9. awww thats so great that you have such a great relationship with your sister. I don't have any and its always something I feel like I missed out on! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  10. I have three sisters, but sadly they're on the other side of the country so we don't see each other very often. I do have one sister in law who lives nearby but sadly she is not very close at all despite my trying to include her in dinners, ect. She practically doesn't like us because we're Christian, so, yeah... not much sister stuff going on over here... but, congrats to your sister on getting married! They both seem wonderful.

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  11. I have one blood sister who lives 700 or so miles away from me in London and another two in-laws. I have a beautiful relationship with my sister in-law, Abbie who is just the absolute best, even though we only see each other a few times a year due to us living on the actual edge of the world. I love them all dearly. I hope my own little Matilda will enjoy this kind of crazy shoe sharing, shoulder crying love, one day!xx

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  12. I have a indentical twin sister love her to bits were best friends xxxx

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  13. I'm the middle girl of three so am blessed with two sisters... both of whom I'd jump under a bus for. yay to you and your mermaid sisters! xx

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  14. I have a sister, we're a year apart. We're crazy different. She, single, me with kids. I live in the country, she's in the city. I'm daggy and usually dressed in Target, she's trendy and glamorous. Yet we're fiercely close. I worry about her the most after my children. I turn to her in times of need and joy. I have no childhood memory that does not include her. I can't imagine my life without her enriching it. May your darling girls grow up to experience the power of a sisterly bond.

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  15. I have two sisters, both older, and can not imagine life without them. My eldest sister is ten years older than me, she basically hated our guts growing up with little sisters when she was a teenager. God she was a bitch. Now we're all adults the gap doesn't seem so big, and she regularly apologises at random moments for childhood atrocities! My other sister is two years older than me and we grew up very close, like twins. She's the other half of me, but we're so different as adults - she travels the world as a conservation biologist, living in the Cambodian jungle most of the time, has bounced around a few different boyfriends through her twenties, but never lives in the one country for very long. I live on a farm in rural South Australia, married my high school sweetheart and think about babies and baking and sewing and gardening most days. Yet we're still the same 'twins'. Always. Next week I am heading to Melbourne to look after my older sisters three girls for an entire week. She has to work interstate and had nobody else, she was in a real bing, so when she asked of course I said yes. It's a big ask, I live six hours drive from Melbourne, I will be sole parenting three under six, and I'm not their mother. But I know she would do it for me in a heartbeat, because that's what sisters do. Watching her three girls is like looking in a mirror to us three girls, all so different yet the same. I do hope I have girls just so they know all about this sister business.

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  16. I love that you have found your sisters, because I feel a bit guilty that my daughter doesn't have one... my sister and I are 7 years apart so she was the baby until she was entering her teens as I was finishing mine - and we have been best friends ever since. Sisters rock :)

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  17. no sisters which is a bummer but I am blessed with a cousin who fills that role perfectly! we are so alike that we are often asked if we are sisters, so now we just say yes. sisterhood is a beautiful thing x

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  18. oh my! A sister is the very best of everything female: friend, confidant, someone who completely understands EVERYTHING you are going thru, acceptance, someone to share your joy, sorrow, pain, confusion. Someone who promises to be there, no matter what. That is my sister. She is my north star, now that both our parents have passed. We have promised to live together when we are widows. Love is not closer than a sister!

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  19. Hi Emily, I was just wondering what you do with all your photos. We all take so many amazing photos of our children, recipes, family life and we have big hard drives with these precious memories. I was just wondering what you do with your pictures? For example all your weekly stills, 52 project (I think you are doing this - portrait of your child once a week). Do you do photo books, print old style or just leave them on your HDD? Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  20. You have made me all nostalgic and fluffy inside making me think of my one and only sister. She 6 yrs younger and lives in Fremantle at the mo (holiday in March..Yesss). What I put her through sharing a room whilst she was in early high school and me partying it up in my early 20's. ha ha....Love her crazy and bubbly personality. She fits the description of your Ames very much so....I am lucky to have 2 younger brothers also, but its not the same. Chinking my friday night wine to sisters!! Elisha from Benalla, Vic

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  21. Lovely post Em! I love that you get sisters through marriage, my husbands sister is lovely and my his brother's wife is just darling and we get on great!
    YES!! I ONLY HAVE SISTERS! no brothers. Nope, none. And I didn't mind not having brothers either - I have three younger beautiful sisters and we all get along great, we are all different but very similar too. My second oldest sister Ingrid is very much the different looking one, and the two youngest, Anouska and Hilleke look more like myself, especially the youngest one Hilly.
    I love having sisters to call upon and share life with!
    x

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  22. I have one sister, she is just under 3 years younger than me, she is 20cm taller, slim & blonde. I'm short, curvy & brunette but we look very alike. We are so close, she's my best friend & i can't imagine my life without her. I have one daughter & i hope i can give her the gift of a sister one day but hubby wants her to be an only child. We'll see :)

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  23. I have a sister who I love deeply - shame I don't share the same bond with my sisters-in-law

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  24. I grew up between two sisters and honestly, it is the best!

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  25. I live in the same small town as my sisters. We are close. Our children seem closer...

    It is a blessing to have such lovely people in my life. My friends have changed a lot over the years, but, my sisters have been a steadfast lifeboat in my life.

    I wish I was closer to my sister-in-law, but... let's just not go there.... *wry smile*

    Beautiful post.

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  26. I don't know how I'd manage without mine. Lovely post Emily! Thank you.

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  27. I have four sisters, and we are a close bunch, even though we live on 3 different continents. It makes me sad that we can't hang out much, but I'm so blessed to have them!

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  28. I have one sister but we are not close but I have chosen some awesome ones myself who are my family. X

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  29. There is nothing in life quite so wonderful as a sister. Sometimes by blood and sometimes a sister of life. I have a few awesome ones of those. I'm not so close to my own anymore but we are always there for each other when it counts.

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  30. My sister is my best friend. And we have close friends, more like family, and we call their two girls our sisters...and there's just a lot of women on both sides of my family (four male cousins, nine female), which we love. So even though I was a painfully shy kid and didn't have a lot of super-close friends, I never lacked for those girl-friends for late nights, silly movies, and endless laughs and tears. Now my blood sister and borrowed sisters are all moving for work or school in August--thank heaven for skype.

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  31. they are both so beautiful! i have 3 half sisters. I didn't grow up with any of them. I recently reconnected with my "baby" sister. Every time I see her I am reminded of how awesome she is and how happy and lucky I am to have her. I wish we lived in the same city!

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em