10 Reasons Your Little Sister Is The Best Part Of Your Life

10 Reasons Your Little Sister Is The Best Part Of Your Life

Little sisters may get on your nerves, but they are one of God's greatest gifts.

Being the older sister is a very important position in your little sister's life. You make sure that you are living your life in a way so that they follow in your footsteps, because after all, you are their biggest role model! She is someone you can always count on to cheer you up when you are down and she's the person that will help you be a better "big" sister. Having not one, but two of God's greatest gifts is the best blessing I could have ever asked for. Having two little sisters means double the annoyance, double the best friends, and double the two I love with all of my heart. There are many reasons as to why having little sisters is the best blessing and one of God's greatest gifts.

1. She is your FOREVER best friend.

Having little sisters means a lifetime best friend. There are times where your little sisters can annoy you like crazy, but a little sister is that person who will do anything and EVERYTHING with you. Now that I have a little sister, there is my person who I want to be my Maid of Honor in my wedding, someone I can depend on to binge watch Netflix all day long, and someone to pick me up when I am feeling down. I am grateful that God has built that special person into my life. For that, I could not be more grateful.

2. You do embarrassing things together.

Anyone with sisters, in general, will understand this one. Having sisters is the best because out of all of the embarrassing things that you do, there is always no judgment. You can always count on little sisters for saving the ugly Snapchats you send them, and using them as blackmail, but you gotta love 'em.

3. She isn't afraid to tell you when you are being ridiculous.

I have learned since they were born that this is one of the most important reasons when having little sisters. Little sisters keep you at ease and will call you out on your actions if you are acting completely crazy. So thank you, Scout and Jeannette, for always keeping me under control.

4. You were her first friend.

Since the first day your little sister was born, they have been a huge part of your life. You were their first friend, which is a bond that is really hard to break. Knowing that being a big sister means you get to refer yourself as "her first friend", before anyone else, makes your relationship unbelievably special.

5. She knows you better than anyone else.

Little sisters have witnessed anything and everything that you do when not in public. They have watched you cry, they know your weird habits, they have heard how LOUD you snore or talk in your sleep, and most of all - they have probably seen you naked. She knows exactly what things you like and don't like, rather that be gifts or television shows. She has been with you throughout her entire life, so if you are about to get in a frightening mood, then she knows to stay as far away as possible.

6. You miss her when she is gone.

Being a college student can be really tough when you have to be away from your mini-me. Although not having her constantly annoying you can be relaxing, there is always that feeling of secretly missing all of the singing she does, the hourly interruptions when having alone time, and taking all of your clothes. But when away from her, you can't wait to take it all in again!

7. She is someone to grow old with.

Sure you both will probably find a husband and start your own family, but your little sister will forever grow up with you. One day you both will be old ladies who have their own children and grandchildren. She will be by your side for the rest of your life! There is no getting rid of her!

8. She is your personal photographer.

This is a HUGE bonus in having a little sister. You never have to worry about someone taking pictures of you and your friends or boyfriend. The best part is that they know what poses look good and she isn't afraid to let you know if you look beyond stupid.

9. You're on a team.

You take pride in being sisters and you won't let anyone hurt the other. You are always there for her, as she is for you. You are on a team against anyone that puts her down, whether that be her enemies or someone at her school. You are on a team against your parents when it comes to chores or going to bed. You are on a team to better each other and you are on a team to make sure that they have the right goals for a successful future.

10. It is emotional watching them grow up.

From the moment they are born, you wonder what they will be like as they grow older. You wonder how they will be in school, what path their life will go on, and how much they will look like you. You have been with your little sister throughout their entire life and it is upsetting to know that they won't be little forever. You witness them loosing their first tooth, their first day of High School, their heartbreaks, and so much more. Soon, your "little" sisters won't be so "little" anymore. Watching my little sisters grow up is an emotional experience, but is one that is wonderful because of the young women they have become. No matter the age, they will always be your little sisters!

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An Open Letter to my Little Brother

No matter how tall you tower over me, you will always be my little brother.

My life changed for the better the day you were born. When I first held you at the hospital, little did I know that I was welcoming my best friend into the world.

Ask any of my friends; I talk about you often. My greatest childhood memories are of you by my side. You taught me more than I realize, and I can only hope that I taught you something along the way.

We are so different, yet so alike. People wonder how we even came from the same parents because our personalities are so opposite.

We bond over the silliest things. I can completely be myself when I am with you because you get me in ways that no one else can. You know how to get under my skin more than anyone else, but you also know how to make me laugh more than anyone can. Thanks for keeping me laughing and guessing what you will do next.

When you were born, I not only gained an ally; I gained my best friend. You are my baby brother, my 3-legged race partner, my backseat buddy, and my shotgun rider. The list could go on and on.

I love how we can communicate without words, and laugh at what no other person thinks is funny. We have inside jokes for days. We speak a secret language as siblings that no one else can understand. Our bond runs much deeper than our last name or blood type. We share a home, a sense of humor, a million memories, and so much more.

No matter how tall you tower over me, you will always be my little brother. When you are grown and have kids of your own, I will always see you as the little boy with a pirate hat on and a BB gun in hand.

As your big sister, I will always root for you and I will forever be on your side. I may be biased, but you are the smartest and funniest person that I know. I cannot wait to see how God continues to use you.

To have a sibling is to have a lifelong friend, and I cannot think of anyone I would rather have beside you. Know that I will always be here for you.

Our relationship is special because it is ours. You are my brother and I will always cherish our bond that cannot be broken.

Because you are my brother, I know I will always have a friend. Because you are my brother, I am made better.

With more love than you could know,

Your Big Sister and Best Friend

P.S. I also know that you are probably rolling your eyes right now at my mushiness.

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I Have 3 Brothers And 0 Sisters And Honestly, I Feel Like The Luckiest Girl In The World

We will always, always have a bond that is so special.

Growing up people have always asked me, “what’s it like being the only girl?”

To be quite honest, I’ve never known anything else. And seeing as I had no choice in the matter, I have only ever felt good about it. The truth is, the older I get, the more I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

I have three brothers--two older, one younger. Kevin is the oldest (33), and is an extraordinary father to my two adorable nephews. Adam (26) is a third-year law student at NYU; he’s the genius of the family, among other things. And my little brother, Zach (19), who isn’t so little, in fact he towers over me, is in his first year of undergrad at Butler University. My brothers are not only three of my closest friends, but they are three of my biggest supporters and cheerleaders.

I have been supported by my brothers in more ways than I can count. As soon as they were licensed, Kev and Adam drove me to skating practice and spent countless hours waiting for me to finish practice, and then drove me home. I don’t even know the number of hours Zach spent with me going to and from the rink, every day before and after school. As many hours as I spent on the ice, he spent in the lobby or in the stands, finding various ways to entertain himself.

My brothers came to every event they could to support me and cheer me on. When they couldn’t be there in person, they would send me messages saying that they were thinking of me. Their sacrifice, as much as anything else, is the reason I was able to pursue my passion for 20 years. Of course, there are endless people and things that have allowed me to be as successful as I have been, but my brothers are a significant part of why I was able to reach the top levels of two different disciplines in the sport of skating.

My brothers support me in every aspect of my life. My oldest brother, Kev sends me funny text messages, unsolicited messages of support and constantly lets me know he’s thinking of me. I know that at any given point I can FaceTime him and there will be guaranteed laughter. Adam lets me know that he is here for me and I know that he is always a phone call away. Admittedly, Zach and I mostly communicate through Snapchat, although when I’m walking through campus he is always down for a random phone call to talk about literally anything and/or nothing at all.

Recently, Zach did something that I think I will never forget. He asked me if he could use my battle with mental health to share his story for an event he and his fraternity are participating in. At Butler University, Zach is participating in an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk. In his campaign to raise money, he asked if he could include my story about struggling with mental health.

Zach’s thoughtfulness, awareness and desire to support a cause that is of particular importance to me means more than I think I will ever be able to conceptualize. It is the random, unexpected, unsolicited acts of kindness, thoughtfulness and love that fill my heart, but also make me realize how much I miss my brothers.

It’s true, time stops for no one. One of the hardest parts of getting older is that life becomes more complex; our lives have begun to take us in very different directions. My oldest brother has a beautiful family. Adam, soon enough, will be taking the Bar exam. Zach, my baby brother is not a baby, he’s finishing up his first year of college. It feels like just yesterday that he graduated from middle school. The fact of the matter is that we aren’t kids anymore. Things are different. Life has changed and will continue to change.

I think what I miss most about being a kid was all four of us being together constantly. I did not realize it at the time, but those were the best days. The Saturday morning cartoons, playing Madden on the weekends, playing two-on-two (tackle) football outside, building forts between the beds with sheets and blankets. Those were, what I believe they call, “the good old days.”

Now, those days look a little different. Those days don’t happen nearly as often as I would like. Life takes us different directions, and down various paths. Whether it be college, law school or the “real-world,” living in 4 different states, the days are few and far between. However, when those days do come, they are some of the best days and cherishing these moments, holding them close to my heart, carries me through until the next time we all get to be together.

As cliché as it sounds, I know wholeheartedly that despite the distance, despite the differences in our journeys, we will always, always have a bond that is so special. I wish there were words to describe how truly grateful I am to have three of the greatest humans as my brothers.

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