Wednesday, December 3, 2008

COUSINS

I have an older sister (by two years), actually my only sibling, who lives in Hawaii with her husband and three boys, ages 13, 12, & 4 1/2. We have always been close, and she is actually the one who led me to the Lord in 2000. Even when she moved to Hawaii 15+ years ago, we still remained in close contact. We both started to have kids around the same time too (not planned, of course..lol). Our two oldest boys are only one year apart, there's a six month difference between our second kids, and her little boy is a few months younger than my little girl! They come to visit at least once a year (sometimes two) because her husband's family also live in California. In 2001, we lived in Hawaii for almost a year, and I think that's what really solidified our relationship. I was a new Christian, and that made us bond even more!! You know what I mean, it's that "natural" bond you have when you meet another believer! It's such a blessing to have a sister (or even a brother) who share the same faith, beliefs, and ways of raising a family. We know we can come to each other for advice with our families, and it won't be "worldly", but sound, biblical encouragement! Her older boys and my two older children are two (or should I say four) peas in a pod!! I LOVE the relationship they have with each other. They are all alike in so many ways, and just enjoy being together so much! It's funny to watch their interactions with each other. Not only do they have fun, but they are also respectful to each other. They are here visiting right now. They are renting a house down south for a month and a half so they can visit with her in-laws who live there, and for us who live in Northern Cali. She homeschools too, so she doesn't have to worry about schedules..praise the Lord! Last week they were in So Cal, and this week they are here. They're staying with my mom, but her boys are going to spend the night here for the next few days. My kids have been asking over and over, "When are they going to be here?" I told them that they were probably freezing, and that they'll get here when they're ready..lol. We did see them Monday night for a few hours, but of course, that wasn't enough! They could literally be around each other 24/7! I just pray that their relationships continue to grow with each other and in the Lord, and that they will always cherish each other like I do my sister!!

One of my favorite pictures of the "fab four!" My sister took this in 1999. My two kids are the ones in the middle. They were all 3 & 4 years old at the time!!
Present-December 1, 2008. This was taken at my mom's a couple of days ago. Can you tell who is who now?

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13 comments:

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Daphine said...

Oh Alicia!
Both pictures are just adorable! I am really loving the first one though! SO CUTE!!!

I got my computer back today! Woo hoo! It was my battery and battery charger! Didn't cost me a penny! Woo hoo!

I actually posted last night after I got finished commenting everybody. Dang I have way too many friends here in blogland. Took me 2 hours to read everyone's post and comment on them. Whew! I love it though and glad that so many wonderful ladies consider me their friend here.

Have a great evening fried!

He And Me + 3 said...

That is so neat, and the pictures are just precious. I have a hard time telling who is who...but they are all cuties.

Lisa said...

that sounds like a wonderful reunion, good friends never fade even from far away..glad you have kept in touch.

Named Alicia said...

Oh how neat. I love the pics. Too cute! My son has a cousin he is really close to that lives 3 states away. When they get together they can spend hours upon hours together. We call them the Bobsy Twins.

Take care my friend!

McCrakensx4 said...

How fun! I was really close to my cousins growing up and I am sad that my boys are so far away from their cousins. It is like no time has passed when we do see them though. There are 12 of them when we all get together. Have super duper amounts of fun :)

Debra said...

Alicia,

I have the same relationship with my sister, Candy. I'm still praying for my other siblings.

The picture you have posted is just precious! May you all have a blessed time together! Hugs to you!

Stephanie said...

Oh yay!!! Sounds like they are going to have so much fun the next couple of days! It's awesome to have such close friends and family!

5rosebuds said...

Hi Alicia- I was thinking about you and wanted to stop by and say Hi! Your kids are just so cute!! Sounds like you are all having a great time out there! Hope things are going well for you! =Becky

Meme said...

Oh my gosh, you have a beautiful family! Now I am going to stay up another hour past my bedtime to read more! And even if I spent two hours, I may not be able to pick out who is who! You are blessed!!

Laura said...

I love seeing family members who are really close! I already miss my sister and I just left her. Having a sister is great, isn't it!?

Angela said...

What a beautiful picture of the group of them..they look so adorable when they were little,,sigh...grow up too fast..their all gorgeous now...and no I can't tell...LOL...Not only is your sister your sister,,BUT even more awesome,,a sister in the Lord..what a wonderful day that must have been not only for you, but for her when you accepted Christ Jesus,,I'm just getting all teary eyed picturing it Alicia!! ((hugs))

4malmal said...

wow your parents are very blessed to have so many grandchildren! that's what the chinese believed :)
They are beautiful! and the 3 on the right look somewhat chinese...or japanese :)