I am so grateful for this beautiful lady in my life. She’s been a watchful and attentive protector of my feelings. Sure, she teased me growing up πŸ˜‰ but when my feelings were hurt, she was quick to come to my rescue and do everything in her power to ‘fix it’. I remember when I lost a friend in high school she invited me to her home for a sister-sleepover. We talked about what happened, she let me cry on her shoulder, and then we switched to having a fun time eating good food, watching fun movies and overall had a great time being sisters. πŸ™‚

She is very goal oriented. If she wants something – she gets it. Whatever she puts her mind to, she is focused and driven to make it happen. I’ve never seen anyone work harder to keep her body fit, strive to be independent, and be the best mom she can be. She goes above and beyond to make sure her kids have everything they need and experience all there is to live life to the fullest. For her, *anything* is possible and she proves that in all that she does.
She is very protective of family. In our family, it is very important that there is peace. If there is a disturbance of any kind, if siblings aren’t getting along, someone isn’t doing well, whatever the conflict or struggle may be, she does everything in her power to bring back the peace and good health of the family. She feels deeply and quietly, but her actions speak loudly – even in the little things she does. I’ll never forget a recent gesture of her love in recent years when I wasn’t doing well. I was having a hard time emotionally and when times were really dark for me I received an unexpected package in the mail. In the box was carefully selected gifts that were thought out, including artwork from her kids saying ‘I love you and I miss you’. I sat in the middle of my office and just cried tears of gratitude for these loving people in my life. It was a gift of comfort and she’ll never know how much that meant to me and what perfect timing. But this is who she is to family and to friends – to anyone she knows who isn’t doing well, she’s at their doorstep with a true to desire to help. She will give before asked and she’ll give without expecting anything in return.
She’s taught me, by example, the importance of animals and how they help us in this life; by their selfless love and gift of keeping us healthy emotionally. I saw her dedicated love and care for her horses who were like children for her. They were her first ‘kids’. They respected her in return and responded to her well. She patiently taught me how to ride to where I could, on my own, call them to me, harness and saddle them, climb on the fence to get on top and ride them without fear. She taught me to not fear the ‘giants in my life’. I could sit in the middle of the pasture and respect their space and in return, they would respect mine. There is so much to learn from animals and she taught me that valuable lesson in ways she probably doesn’t even know. She was a great example to me and still is. πŸ™‚
I loved these bonding moments with her. One of my favorites is the time we had when she was in beauty school. I would find myself making excuses to get my nails done more than I probably needed to, and getting my hair done more often than I normally would have, just so I could be close to her. I never cared if she made a mistake, time with her was far more important than whatever happened to my hair πŸ˜‰ She never did make mistakes in my eyes, she has a natural talent for anything creative in life. I love seeing her creativity – it inspires my own. ‘Be your unique self and whoever you want to be’ is a message I’ve learned from her. I love her for it and it’s grounded me in life on more than one occasion.
Amy, thank you for being you. Thank you for the comfort you bring into my life by being my sister and a great example of love – pure love. You’re a treasure and a blessing and I thank God for you in my life. I hope you know that you are loved. Everyone needs an Amy in their life. πŸ™‚

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