Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Letter to My Sister

Kimberly,
Something amazing happened 10 days ago...you became a mother. My little sister is a mom; I can hardly believe it! I am so proud of you and how you have handled the stress of the last week and a half that I can hardly contain myself. You are such a good mom. Ava Grace is one blessed little girl.

When mom called to tell me you were having a baby the next day, 4 weeks early, I didn't know what to think. Seeing you in hard labor and then dealing with having a baby in the NICU just about broke my heart. I told God I would gladly take on that pain so you didn't have to endure it. My little sister isn't supposed to have to go through those things. (I know you felt the same way when I was in labor and then wheeled into surgery. It's an utterly helpless feeling!) And still now, there's not much I can do to take away the stress you have, and I desperately wish there was.

But I pray for you. I pray for Ava to get stronger and better at nursing so you can bring her home. I pray that you will get the rest, somehow, that you need so much. I pray that God will bless this time, as stressful as it is, and use it to bless others through your experience. I pray that you will cling to Him in the coming weeks and months when you don't know if you can function one more minute on lack of sleep. I pray that you and Kurt will seek Him in your marriage and in your parenting because only through Him can we make it at all.

I love you, sis, more than you know. And I can't wait to hold that little girl. Your daughter.

"He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young."
~Isaiah 40:11



Anyone with small children needs to read Shannon's post today. She says it gets easier!! Hallelujah! :-)

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are such a sweet sister, I know that Kimberly feels blessed to have you in her life. I bet this post makes the Baby Book! I really missed out by not having a sister. Guess I will just have to adopt one! Actually, I think I already have adopted several. Still praying for Kimberly, Kurt and Ava. Just a phone call away if they need me!

Carol said...

Awwww....and look who's an auntie!

Blessings to you both!

lrlwreath said...

This is sweet, you are blessed with a wonderful sister.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post! I know your sister is blessed to have your support, and especially your prayers.

(Shannon's post made me bawl this morning!)

Rachel Anne said...

Oh, that is so sweet and thoughtful. Sisters are great to go through life with, and becoming parents just strengthens the bond you already have. She is blessed to have a sis who loves her like you do. "Auntie Jenn." That sounds nice!

Dave & Lisa said...

Jenn, what a blessing you are! I know Kimberly cherishes the relationship she has with her big sister!

Honestly, I'm not sure I'll ever know exactly how you feel, since I don't anticipate feeling quite that way when my brother and his wife one day have a child. Perhaps the closest I have come is when you were pregnant with Caleb. You are the closest to a sister I've ever had!

So it sounds like Kimberly and Ava are still in the hospital? She hasn't updated her blog in a few days. Are you back in Houston? If you get a chance, I'd love to hear the latest!

I love you,
Lisa

Laura said...

What a sweet gift to your sister - this letter! It made me want to go write letters to both my sisters!!

Congratulations to you and all your family on this new little bundle of blessings and joy!

Debi said...

How touching...there is nothing like a sister's love in words, actions, deeds....

Anonymous said...

That was beautifully written. I so desperately want to write a similar post for my sister, who is going through a hard time, but she has asked me to refrain from talking about it on the blog and I'm trying to respect her wishes! Beautiful letter, Jenn!

Anonymous said...

This is so beautiful, Jen. I love that you are so encouraging and faith-filled that God will protect them in their entire parenting adventure. Truely, this post is gorgeous, just like your heart.

Anonymous said...

This is the sweetest thing I've read in ages, Jen. There's nothing quite like the bond between sisters.



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