10 Reasons Why Having A Sister Is The Best

10 Reasons Why Having A Sister Is The Best

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Growing up she was your worst enemy and your best friend at the same time. You steal each others clothes, get in fights, and an hour later end up laughing together to the point of tears. You can't live with her, but you sure as hell can't live without her.

1. She's got your back... Always.

No matter what the fight is about she will have your back and be ready to throw hands for you and you know it.

2. You can tell her anything

You can tell her anything and I mean anything. Your secrets are safe with her.

3. She is a built in best friend

You already know she's your favorite dinner date.

4. She knows exactly what you're thinking

Give her a look, she knows what you mean.

5. She is your partner in crime

"You won't tell mom and dad, right?"

6. She will always tell you the truth

"What the hell are you wearing?"

7. She will always hype you up when you need it the most

If you're down on yourself, she will be your personal hype woman. She will not stop until you believe her... Or at least until you get off the couch and stop crying into your pint of Ben & Jerry's.

8. You can go to her with all of your relationship issues

"Do you want me to beat him up?" -A phrase all sisters have heard

9. You always have the weirdest/best conversations

There are somethings in life that you can only tell your sister, and you know it's true. She's one of the only people in your life who is forced to love you no matter what you say.

10. She may be a pain in the ass, but you know she's your favorite person

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The goal isn't to live forever, but to create something that will.


This morning, I did the same thing I do every single morning when I wake up. Before my feet hit the floor, I say a prayer. I thank God for waking me up, blessing me with such a good life, and pray for any specific thing that is laying on my heart. Lately, I have been praying a lot for the same person many people in my community have been praying for- Matt McGregor. I have prayed for healing, comfort, strength, and many other things to happen in Matt's journey, but I also prayed that God's will be done in his life above all else. Little did I know yet that His will had been done.

I remember Matt from school. Every time I saw him, everyone around him was laughing. And I am not exaggerating. He was one of those special people who can literally make anyone and everyone laugh no matter the situation. He was one of those people that the world needs around to make life more bearable and just down right better.

Death sucks. Cancer sucks. Yes, I am glad that Matt is no longer suffering, but that does not really give me a sense of relief because I know his family and friends are suffering. I think about Matt's sisters, and cannot fathom the pain that they're feeling. I could not imagine life without my brothers, my kids not getting to grow up and hang out with their cool uncles, and telling on each other to our parents when we all come home for Christmas when we're 40. I think about his parents, who are having to do the hardest thing anyone could have to do, say goodbye to their son. I think about his friends, who's lives will never be the same every time they do something that reminds them that he's no longer here to share life with. He was too young, too full of life. The worst death are the ones that can't be explained, and this one of them.

That's the thing about life, you never know when it's going to end and that is what makes it so fragile. Someone you know passes away, and you suddenly start to contemplate whether you are living your life "good" enough. You wish you'd spent more time with the one who passed, hold on a little tighter to the ones who are still here, and make sure you remind them you love them. But to show someone you love them is much more powerful than telling them, and that is exactly how Matt lived his life. His life light was beaming all the time and he was constantly sharing that with everyone around him. That is part of why he was so special.

When someone dies, they leave their own legacy that is different from every single other person on the planet. Your legacy depends on the amount of light that you have shed on others. Looking through Facebook today, it is so obvious that his light touched so many people. Matt's death has reminded me of those that I have and will continue to lose throughout life... there is no better way to say it than death sucks. But even though death sucks, it reminds us to live our life to the fullest, and continue the legacy of those we've lost.

On a side note, I found it interesting that Matt was barefoot all the time, so I googled being barefoot in biblical times. Moses and Joshua was commanded to take off his shoes as he was standing on holy ground, and poor people did not have shoes so they went barefoot. But this is my favorite: priests in Israel went barefoot while ministering. They would take their shoes off before blessing their people. It is evident that Matt blessed so many people's lives in his short time on this Earth. Coincidence that he was known for always being barefoot? I think not.

Let your life light shine brightly like Matt's, and always live life to the fullest.

. . .

In loving memory of Matt McGregor Jr.

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them." Revelation 14:13

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13 Things That Happen When You Have Siblings Way Older Than You

There are just some things close-aged siblings would never understand.


I always love telling people I have older brothers. Not just because it's my go-to fun fact about me, but because I love seeing people's reactions when I tell them how much older they all are than me.

The age gaps between me and my brothers are 18 years, 14 years, and then eight years apart. Growing up in a house full of older children, I experienced many different memorable moments than my friends who had siblings closer in age to them. Here are just a few:

1. Everyone mistakes your sibling for you parent.

Going to the mall? Be prepared to tell people "No, that's my brother/sister" when they ask you how you're enjoying your shopping day with mom and dad.

2. People may have even mistaken your sibling for your S.O. 

My reaction every time this happens.

Okay, this has only happened a few times, BUT it's the most awkward encounter in the world. My personal favorite is when you are at dinner with your parents and one of your older siblings and they ask the dreaded question: "One check, or two?"

3. You know how to entertain yourself for hours. 

No one ever wanted to play with you when you were younger because you were too young to do whatever your siblings wanted to do, so you had to figure out something. I cannot tell you how many hours I spent playing teacher in my room by myself.

4. At times, it's like you're an only child. 

By the time I was in high school, most of my brothers were either moved out or were never home, so it was always just me and my parents. While it was nice to have a quiet house, it became extremely boring!

5. Disney movies were never watched. 

I just wanted to be in the Disney loop...

This may just have been me since I was in a house full of boys, but very rarely did I ever watch a Disney movie. The "Toy Story" movies were an exception, though. Princesses? Forget about it.

6. People's reactions when you tell them how much older your sibling is can be a bit dramatic. 

Listen, you don't have to drop your mouth to the floor like this is unheard of. Calm down. My favorite reaction is the long blink followed by a confused look.

7. You became an aunt or uncle very early in life. 

This is honestly the best part! You now have that younger sibling you've always wanted; that is, if you don't have one already.

8. You're a go-to babysitter for said nieces and nephews. 

Again, who needs a babysitter when you have a fun, energetic aunt/uncle who will gladly drop everything they are doing just to watch their nieces or nephews?!

9. The title of "cool aunt/uncle" automatically goes to you because you are so young. 

Just replace "mom" with "aunt/uncle".

Let me tell you, I will be like Regina George's mother to my nieces and nephews.

10. When there's a new trend, you're the person your sibling goes to to "keep them in the loop".

This may be cringe-y for some, but personally, I find it hilarious. What's that? You saw a new meme you don't understand? I'm here to help.

11. Chances are, you are mostly friends with people who are older than you. 

You grew up around adults, so kids your age always seemed annoying or immature. You can't help it!

12. Your favorite TV shows and movies from your childhood are way different than others your age. 

This is how cool I felt every time I told someone my favorite movie was "Austin Powers: Goldmember."

When I was four, my favorite movie was "Austin Powers: Goldmember," and my favorite TV show to watch with my brothers was whatever Comedy Central special they were watching that night. Both I should have not been watching at that young of an age, but oh well.

13. You may wish for siblings closer in age, but you would not want it any other way. 

My brothers are the guy on the left and I'm the guy on the right.

Without my older brothers, I definitely would not be the person I am today.

Although I have experienced sibling related situations much different than those around me, I would not have wanted to trade it for the world!

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