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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Get back to Blogging Event Day 4

As you know by now, I am participating in the SITS Girls Get Back to Blogging Even t.  Our assignment today is to write a new post about a woman who inspires us and why.

After giving the matter careful thought, I would have to say the woman who inspires me is my sister.  She got married at 19 to the love of her life.  He had been stalking her first seen her in church with our mother when she was in the 8th grade and from that day forward new this was the girl he would marry.  He was 7 years older than she, so he sat on the sideines and waited until she was a senior in high school(talk about patience!).   They met, fell in love, and married. 

Sis was married to this man for 47 years until he passed away.  They raised seven wonderful children together, and their life was not always easy.  Keeping seven kids housed, fed, and clothed was a challenge, to say the least, and it meant that her husband often worked long hours, leaving the responsiblity of the kids on her shoulders much of the time.  I admire her because in spite of all that, each one of her children has turned out to be a truly good, caring human being.  The fact that she did a good job as a Mom is evidenced in how her children are solicitous of her and make sure she has what she needs.

Her husband was very ill near the end, and she took loving care of him.  I remember speaking with him a few days before he died, and his one concern was that she was working too hard, taking care of him.  Even near death, his love for her was strong.  They were a couple who worked together, loved together and laughed together every day of their 47-year marriage. 

Amazingly, even after such a huge loss, Sis found the strength to go on.  After  her husband's death, she and her children established a scholarship fund in his name and each June a vocational school student who plans to continue his or her education receives a gift from the fund.  (Her husband was a retired industrial arts teacher.)  She is also active with an alumni group from her high school.

Through all that has happened in her life, she has been a wonderful sister to me.  She was there for  me with encouraging words when I was at odds with our Dad because I wanted to go to college and he didn't believe in college for girls; she was there for me when my first marriage ended in divorce.  She is there for me everyday with kind words, a sympathetic ear, and loving concern, and always a willingness to share giggles.   I couldn't have a better friend, cheerleader, or confidante.  I feel truly blessed to have this woman who is beautiful on the inside and the outside in my life as my sister; she is an truly an inspiration!



Thanks for being the best sister in the world.  I love you, Sis!

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22 comments:

Kristina P. said...

She sounds amazing! Seems like strong marriages run in the family.

Pat said...

This is a wonderful tribute to a great sister! You are truly blessed!

Vodka Logic said...

What a lovely post.. having had differences with my sisters [although mending] it is so nice to read an inspiring post as this..

My daughter when to a technical high school and I would recommend them to anyone.. great scholarship idea

Brian Miller said...

that is a beautiful post...you knwo i hope to one day be able to say the same about mine...we spent many years not talking...but have made our way back...your sister sounds like a wonderful person

JackieA said...

Eva, I had tears in my eyes as I read your lovely post. My only sister died suddenly at the age of 14 (almost 20 years ago)and I never really had an opportunity to say goodbye. I always 'talk' to her like you would an imaginary friend but its a one sided thing! So I am glad you have your sister because I know if mine were alive, I would be writing a similar post about her!

Debbie said...

Oh Eva.....this post is so touching!! I want to give your sister a big hug!! What a great thing that the two of you are so close and that you have such a great relationship. That's not always the case in families ya know! Great post!

Sara said...

Hey there - what a beautiful post! Your sister sounds like an amazing woman and one that is truly an inspiration. Thanks for stopping by The Millennial Housewife today and I'm glad to "meet" you!

Nicki said...

This post speaks wonderfully not only of what an amazing sister you have but also of the wonderful person you are! You have a gift too few people have. True appreciation and adoration for your blessings! This post also speaks wonderfully of the amazing job YOUR parents did in raising 2 wonderful girls!

glnroz said...

Goodness, that was great...

Helene said...

Your sister sounds amazing!! I loved that she and her husband shared a love that you only read about in the fairytales!

Have you shown this tribute to her? I'm sure she'll be touched!!!! I wish my sister and I were as close as you and your sister.

Claudia said...

that was lovely to read - my two girls have a close relationship as well - that's just so valuable!

lakeviewer said...

A beautiful tribute! She reminds me of you!

Eva Gallant said...

Debbie: thanks so much for the kind words.

Millenium: Thanks for returnng the visit! I'm sure I'll be back again!

Nicki: Your are sweet...and my parents raised seven kids, would you believe?

Glen: Thanks!

The Retired One said...

A wonderful tribute to her, Eva! I am sure your humor helped her through all these tough times and that you are a terrific Aunt to her children!

Kristy said...

It is amazing to know women who have gone through so much and they keep going. Their strength is inspiring. Thank you for sharing. I also participated in this today...

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Jen said...

Eva, Sis, I am speechless! What a surprise....thank you so much for the kind words.I am blessed to have you....to talk with, cry with, and best of all.....laugh with everday!I love you, too.

Life is to short to have any differences with your sibblings...my wish is that all of you out there, will mend any differences you might have...thank all of you for the nice words.

Eva Gallant said...

Jen: You say you're speechless and then you type two paragraphs! lol

natalee said...

What a wonderful beautiful tribute........ I know she is as wonderful as you my friend.... hugs

Lori @ RRSAHM said...

Wow, that was lovely. She is inspirational!

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Daisy said...

oh - what a great sister you have!!! I lost my older sister when I was 12 - but fortunately I've met women along the way who have been sisters to me. Sisters are very special people!! What a beautiful post!! :)

Eva Gallant said...

Daisy: Thanks for commenting on my post. Yes, she is a great sister. I'm so sorry you lost yours at such a young age. Glad you found some "stand ins."