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Ordinary Lives. From a 2 z 4 u & me
Welcome to week NINETEEN of my dear, dear friend Patty Wysong's From  A 2 Z 4 U and me. We're working through the alphabet - one letter each Tuesday. No rules, other than your post has to relate to the letter of the week. Link up at Ordinary Lives and check out everyone else's post. Click on the graphic above for more details, and stop by Patty's blog  to link up.
Being a girl in my family is...um...a bit of an anomaly.  My father had one brother - no sisters. My mom had one brother - no sisters. I have two step-brothers, a brother, and a half-brother- no sisters. When my daughter was born, she was the first granddaughter - there were already five grandsons. Since then, three more grands have been added - only one other girl. We used to joke that the only way to get a girl in our family was to marry one. (and my step-mom isn't exactly a girlie-girl)

Me and Robin (in that order)
So, needless to say, I never had a SISTER. And I did NOT like it. Not one bit (in fact, when my baby brother Artie was born, I cried. Truly!). I really, REALLY wanted a sister. But my parents and the Lord REFUSED to oblige. How dare they?

I think that's probably why I am so close with my girlfriends. Always have been. Robin, who became my friend in third grade and who I still keep in contact with. Terri, my step-brother's girlfriend (and eventually wife), who was my "sis" even before she became my sister-in-law. My dear prayer group sisters (Ann, Patty, Sharon, Amy, and Gesselle), who have taken up a huge space in my heart. And several others.
And, of course, my jewely sisters (who I'm thinking most of you have heard about here). Peejers. LaLee. Hally. Sawa. Vonnie. Sunny. Beffy. DeeQ. These ladies have permanent homes in my heart.

So, even though the Lord didn't give me any "blood sisters," He certainly blessed me, beyond belief, with my wonderful soul sisters.

Thanks for reading! Be sure to stop by Ordinary Lives for more S posts :)

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  1. That's the way I feel about you all!

  2. (((Jo))) I love my FW soul sisters!

  3. I know your pain! I had 3 brothers, no sisters, but God has blessed me with many Christian sisters.

  4. I don't know what I would do without my soul sistas! :) Loved this post, Joanne.

    I had an older sister growing up. We were close and still are to this day. Although, there were many many days I wished to be an only child! lol

  5. I have a sister. Wish I could say we were closer, but we're as far apart as can be. That's why I was so glad to finally have a daughter after having three boys. I long to have a relationship with her that I have with my mother. There's something special about the connections we share as women!


  6. LOL. My daughter is the oldest of my four and the only girl. When her youngest brother was born she was 6. We called from the hospital, told her it was a boy, and she burst into tears. Funny, when she found out she was having a boy she said she was relieved... wouldn't know what to do with a girl! : )

  7. I'm much closer to all of you than my own 'real' sisters, trust me! Luvuuu Jo!!!! mwa

  8. Such a sweet post. I was blessed to have two sisters who are my best friends.

  9. I can't believe it never dawned on me to write about sisters for "S" since mine mean so much to me. I'm glad you found replacement sistas to help you through life: they are extremely important.

  10. I'm so blessed to have two wonderful sisters. I always wanted a brother, though. ;-) Our family is the opposite with more girls--My grandma is one of ten and only two of them were boys, then her only living child was my mom, who has three girls and now three granddaughters.

    So glad you have your spiritual sisters!

  11. Sisters truly are special. Both blood sisters and soul sisters. Soooo very thankful for mine. And so very thankful for YOU!! =]


  12. Yay for sisters. It doesn't matter whether they're by blood or love (I've been blessed with both), sisters are the best! :-)


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