my sister.

I just spent the last 168 hours with my sister.

Before we arrived in California last Saturday it had been 14 months since we had seen each other. There was a time in my life when spending 168 straight hours with my sister would have been deemed cruel and unusual punishment in my mind (say, ages 12-16). We’re only 18 months apart and if you’ve been a teenage girl before you’ll understand where I’m coming from.

My mom always swore there would be a day when my sister and I would be friends. I’m sure I rolled my eyes and made that obnoxious gag/cough/hairball sound that teenage girls in the 90’s made followed, of course, by “whatEVer.”

But I stand here today as a 29 3/4 year old woman to say Mom, I’m sorry about that gagging/coughing/hairball thing.  Because you were totally right.

Now after 168 hours with my sister I’m home. And I miss her. So I figured I’d share a little bit about how cool she is.

First, you should know that my sister is beautiful.   

And a little bit quirky.

(make that a lot a bit.)

She loves fashion.

And thrift stores. (she’s my mother’s daughter afterall)      

And finds her inspiration where the two meet. (Can you say vintage 70’s Frye boots?) 

My sister is genuinely kind to everyone and always sees the best in people. No one gives the benefit of the doubt like my sister does.

(I mean, why else would she be standing sweetly next to that clearly distrubed man?)

My sister has real talent. I tend to fake it till I make it. While Meghan has more raw talent running through her veins than I could ever dream of.

(Checked out her Etsy shop lately? You’re in luck she now has two.)

She’s an incredible mother.

And aunt.

And wife.

But most of all, she’s an awesome sister.

And I love her.

jackieMarch 21, 2010 - 6:48 pm

This totally made me cry(might be the pregnancy hormones though!) I’m waiting to see my sister who lives across the country. Her flight was waaaay delayed today and I’m missing an entire day of her, which is torture! And yes, when I was a teenager being around her was torture! My how things change!:) Sisterly love is the best!

Janelle AndersonMarch 21, 2010 - 6:54 pm

Too sweet you are! I love sister bonds. Never experienced a sister in my home with 3 brothers but have found wonderful sister-like relationships in this life. A true treasure! So happy to hear the trip went so well. 🙂 Welcome home.

AnneMarch 21, 2010 - 7:02 pm

OK – beauty runs deep in your family. From what I have seen there isn’t a dud in the bunch! 😉

What I have a question about it the pic with Brent. Is he waxing Italian (talking with the hands) or describing a well-endowed woman? This pic made me laugh!

JenniferMarch 21, 2010 - 7:11 pm

I LOVE how you tell a story…that was so sweet about your sister & of course, great pics!

AmyMarch 21, 2010 - 7:13 pm

You guys are so lucky to have each other! That was awesome, Erin!

MeganMarch 21, 2010 - 7:21 pm

Sisters are forever. I love this post.

LaceyMarch 21, 2010 - 7:45 pm

Aw…sisters are the greatest!!!! (Me & my sis are only 12 months and 6 days apart!) Glad you had a great visit & got to take lots of pictures!

MicheleMarch 21, 2010 - 7:59 pm

Such a great post! And OH MY! What in the world is Brent doing?! Inappropriate. 🙂

robinMarch 21, 2010 - 8:11 pm

what a lovely homage to your sis! makes me totally miss that beautiful bond i had with mine.

and omg, the pics?! what a gorgeous model she is. my particular faves are two of her in the white blouse. oh, the one of brent doing whatever it is he is doing is interesting too. 😉

s-March 21, 2010 - 8:28 pm

I whole-heartedly agree – she is awesome! And so are you!

aunt May MayMarch 21, 2010 - 10:08 pm

okay, thanks for making me cry at 10pm! If you really wanted to bring out the waterworks you should have posted the parrot costume pics…
Anyways, I love you so much too sis! I feel so blessed to have you as well, and that week went by WAY too fast…thankyou for the wonderful tribute I feel honored and I must admit a little scared of what the outfit switch post may hold after you’ve buttered me up with this one ;)…I love you so much and miss you now more than words can express!

Heather in OHMarch 22, 2010 - 5:03 am

Wow Erin – what a great post! Though I’m 4 years older than my sister, thanks for reminding me how I need to appreciate her more! We are friends now, not as close as I wish we were, but still, we’ve come a looong way. Looks like you had an awesome trip! What great photos too. :)Thanks for sharing your cool sister with your blog stalkers, I mean, readers.

Ellen PattonMarch 22, 2010 - 7:11 am

I loved reading this! I’ve always wanted a sister…lucky you (two)!!

Aunt LuMarch 22, 2010 - 7:35 am

Nice Deed, thanks for making me cry at 7:30am. Great post by the way. I love you both and I’m blessed too have the two of you in my life.

marianMarch 22, 2010 - 8:41 am

Eric and I laughed so hard at Brent in that shot. This gives me hope that we have given our girls a great gift – a sister for life. Wish I had one!

P.C.March 22, 2010 - 9:35 am

Love that.

jessicaMarch 22, 2010 - 9:45 am

so sweet. made me tear up. i wish i had a sibling. i’ve often thought if something happened to mom and dad, i wouldn’t have anyone to share how awesome my parents are/were with, you know?

precious precious post!

MomMarch 22, 2010 - 10:01 am

Best birthday present, ever! To read this tribute and know that I was right — my girls ARE friends, as well as sisters! I love you both!

tara pollard pakostaMarch 22, 2010 - 10:59 am

you two look exactly alike!!! beautifuL!
tara

JenniferMarch 22, 2010 - 11:01 am

And I’d like to add that she always has the CUTEST HAIRCUTS EVER!! So many times I’ve wanted to drag her to my hairdresser and say “Can I do this?” The pictures only reflect a fraction of the beauty the two of you hold! (especially love the one with her and Dave)

j.j.March 22, 2010 - 12:58 pm

aw, hi meg! you look gorgeous in all of erin’s gorgeous photos! you two are quite the talented sister-pair and i’m glad i know you both!

JoyMarch 22, 2010 - 7:32 pm

As one who was there right with you guys between the ages of 12-16….I just have to say that I love this post!

BeckyMarch 24, 2010 - 7:57 pm

Amazing! This truly brought me to tears. I could genuinely feel the love your family shares with one another. Your pictures captured it all.

Dee Dee, you have been blessed with a wonderful talent. Thanks for sharing!

Becky

RachelAugust 30, 2010 - 8:20 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this post about your sister. I just flew my sister out to Pennsylvania so we could move her in for her first year of college (the rest of us go to school close to home in California) and i was reminded of how much I absolutely love her.

This post made me cry. I can’t wait until I get to see my little sister again, and I hope that, from now on, you get to see your sister more often than every 14 months.

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