It's a weekend that I look forward to every year. Not only do I get to have an entire weekend with my little sister to myself, but we get to bond, do a little prom dress shopping, eat junk, and annoy each other without getting yelled at. I also get to prove to her that choosing to attend the University of Illinois will be the best decision she will ever make. It’s simple. My little sister is my best friend, and when you get to spend an entire weekend with your best friend, it’s a good time.
My sorority’s theme for Sister’s Weekend this year was "Friends." There was an adorable themed photo booth with quotes, and a big yellow picture frame and our shirts were adorable. It was perfect. And while I quoted my favorite episodes all weekend, my mind kept returning to the lyrics in their theme, “I’ll be there for you.”
I have taken great joy in observing how talented, selfless, beautiful, sassy, smart, confident, amazing, and driven that my sister has become. I am incredibly proud of the young woman that she is growing up to be. My little sister is a blessing in my life, and I am truly thankful Mom and Dad decided that they needed one more kid.
She is hands down one of the biggest reasons I get up every morning and strive to live every day to the best of my ability. Every day, I hope to set an example just for her. I hope that through my words and actions, I can inspire her to live a life that is completely sold out for Christ and full of laughter and vigor… Because really, that is the only way to live life. Love Jesus. Be happy. The rest will fall into place.
As she continues to grow up and become her own person, I hope that she will remember Romans 12:6-8. “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
Hannah, HE has a plan for you. And it’s marvelous. Use your wonderful gifts that God has given you! Show the world how special you are. And never, ever forget… I’ll be there for you.