Wednesday, February 2, 2011

To my sister, a month before you're to be married,


We've grown up together our entire lives, being each others playmate, confidant, best friend.  Our childhood was one in the same; our stories both began in the house in the woods, in a little town in New Jersey. Memories of bike rides up and down our long driveway, the green green grass, Friday pizza nights with TGIF on the television, exploring the woods in our backyard, the old white house and the back woods trails. So many games, TV tag and Marco Polo, playing airplane and house, you teetering out in Mom's high heels, making up dances to the old 45s in the record case. Dance and soccer and gymnastics and softball. You, three years younger, you the little sister, you always there, my beloved shadow, a mini-version, a littler me. But as we grew up you became your own person, no longer always wanting to be just like big sister, you figured out who you were, you found your own way. You became who you were always going to be. I am so thankful for those years we spent growing up together in that beautiful bubble- you were born when I was three, and when I went away to college, it marked the end of twelve years sharing clothes, laughs, secrets, and that sister language only we could understand. All of my fondest memories include you, and I feel fortunate that we are always creating new ones too; we still laugh, and play, and yes, even fight sometimes. You are a beautiful person, and throughout our lives, I've always been incredibly protective. I only want the best for you, and now that you are 26, an adult by all means, about to get married, I can say with a happy heart that you've absolutely found the best in your Abe.  My wish for you is that you continue to follow your heart and your dreams, and that you continue to be the firecracker of a girl you've always been. I hope marriage only continues to encourage your heart to grow in every which way possible. I believe that you and Abe are meant to be, and I am so happy that you have found that one person for you. Remember to love, and to have fun, and to never forget the feeling you have right now- so young and in love, about to embark on the greatest journey of your life. So, little sister, this is for you. A wish for love and happiness, a wish for your future to be a bright as your present. I love you.

24 comments:

  1. Such sweet sentiments, Danielle. She's lucky to have you as her big sis. : )

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  2. What a wonderful keepsake for your sister. This is beautiful.

    I have been trying to think of a clever way to present a similar letter to the fiance before our wedding next month...


    XO
    Carly

    all this is grace and charm
    http://allthisgraceandcharm.blogspot.com

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  3. This made me cry and I don't even know you guys. Such beautfiful words.

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  4. Carly Anne-

    I wrote this while writing out ideas for my matron-of-honor speech, these were kind of extra thoughts I had. :) I plan on writing out my speech for her to keep. When I got married to Hank I wrote him a letter in the first page of a journal and wrapped it up- maybe that would be a cute idea?

    xoxo

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  5. Oh my, that was the sweetest thing ever!! You almost had me crying at WORK :) I have a younger sister to and we are really close and have always got along great, what great memories!

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  6. My sister is exactly three years older than I am and was married in December of last year. This made me cry, it is so sweet and genuine.

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  7. waaahhhh!!! this made me cry like a lil baby. i have a younger sis too, and we've been roommates for 2 1/2 years now. it's so diff living together now than when we are kids. she is about to graduate college this spring, and then if everything works out, moving to japan in the fall. i'm gonna miss her terribly, but i know it's best for her and she is going to get so much out of it. your letter just made me miss my sissy. :[

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  8. That was so sweet. It reminded me of how my sister and I were.

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  9. This is so precious. It makes my heart so happy to know "true love" still exists :) You have such a kind heart.

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  10. ahhhh! stop making me cry, girl!!! :-)

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  11. this was so beautiful, i love my sister a lot too and it reminded me of her when i read your words. your sister is lucky to have you, and you her.

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  12. beautiful. Congratulations to your sister.

    love

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  13. Such a beautiful tribute to your relationship!

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  14. This is so sweet! Congrats to your sister!

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  15. These words were beautiful.. I have a younger sister, 9 years younger, however; but we are truly best friends. Congrats to your sister ;) If this is any indication of what your speech will be like at her wedding, I'm willing to bet there will be A LOT of crying ;) Again, simply beautiful!

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  16. Beautifully written! I hope I can write something half as coherent when my sisters get married. <3

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  17. Such sweet words! Totally brought tears to my eyes!

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  18. The letter is perfect, I teared up a little. You are such an amazing sister and best friend. I love you so much and I am so lucky to have you as my big sister. ML

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  19. Beautiful words Danielle!
    I can totally relate to that, my younger sister and I are only 11 months apart (rabbit-parents men!), we are each others best friends, and practically always have been. I used to call her "mini-me" because we totally look alike, she is 5'1'' and I'm 5'6''... Hahahha...
    Loved the post it made me tear up a little bit.
    We are getting married together on the same day (like everything we've done so far) to lovely guys... Can life get any better?!
    ;)

    Duda

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  20. What a very endearing post. It reminds me of my little sister. Having a sister is such an incredible thing.

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  21. That was so sweet and so beautiful! You and Lauren are truly amazing sisters and I can only hope that my girls will have the type of loving relationship that you two share! XOXOXO

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