First, check out this incredible article my sister wrote about her experience with Whole 30 here. She has awesome insight.
But I really wanted to write about how grateful I am for her in general…she has been on my mind constantly lately. She has become my rock especially in the last few years since our mom passed away – even though she is my younger sister, I have come to rely on her for the support I used to go to my mom for and she gives it to me without complaint ever.
When I was in labor with A, I pretty much live-texted her the whole time every detail (leaving her horrified). She flew across the country a couple of weeks later to spend time with us and she has had such a special bond with A ever since. She recently came to meet baby C and this was when he was 4 weeks old and pretty much the height of my sleep deprivation. The whole week she was here, I talked about nothing but sleep. I was so exhausted, and literally obsessed. And she just listened! One night she held him for 3 hours and I slept those 3 hours – the first 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep I had since he was born. I don’t know if she understands how much that meant to me, but I will never forget her generosity that trip. We no longer are the sisters who fight over who gets to use AOL Instant Messenger; we never fight anymore because I simply don’t know what I would do without her.
So even though 3000 miles separate us, she is one of the most important people in my “village.” And it certainly does take a village, doesn’t it?