After a family reunion back home in October and an unexpected switch to full day school away from mama, I was looking forward to a quieter holiday season with just our family of six. But making room for just one more addition who would bring a little youth and energy to our festivities...we all decided that's just what we needed.
My littlest sister was on break so she came when we called and her visit promised to deliver all the things she longs for in the winter season. Ice-skating on the world's longest rink and snowboarding topped her wish list and with record lows and inches of snow already on the ground, everything was guaranteed. But the temperatures dipped lower than even us Canadians can handle and the ski slopes were bumpy and hard while the frostbite warning kept everyone off the ice. As a consolation, I thought I'd surprise her with the use of a 1964 Camaro for the photoshoot I promised her as a graduation gift.
At the last minute even that didn't work out as the engine stuttered in the cold and so we were left with a quick hike into the trails at the end of our street. These pictures were taken in a record 6 minutes, 10 if you count our 2 minute walk in and out. But not even the disappointment or deep freeze had any affect on my sister's beauty and radiance as the sun melted into the trees behind her.
We always joke that I was the one who raised her since my mom homeschooled me the first year of her life. I was often on diaper duty and kept her company in the car while my mom made the White Castle run. She was a bright spot in my life and a ready companion up until the day I left for college and then again down the aisle at my wedding three years later.
This spring she'll graduate with a bachelor's in journalism and begin a new journey into what is yet unknown. Along the way I'm certain she'll continue to learn much about life even as she touches all that cross her path. I'm so proud of the woman she is becoming, each new day and year more passionate and sincere about the choices she makes. Her desire is to serve and love people while making an eternal impact on lives and, soon armed with a degree in keen observation and written word, I'm confident she'll use both to make her mark on the world around her.
Debs, you are so beautiful to me!! Thank you for always filling our home and family with light and joy, as a kid and now as a woman. Our conversations leave me inspired and wanting more for the both of us. Excited to see where God leads you next and how each of your unique talents are used to better the lives of others...