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National Sibling Day!

Sibling bonds are life-long relationships, usually lasting from early childhood to the golden years.  It is usually the longest relationship of a person’s life and typically endures much longer than our relationships with our mothers and fathers.  Because of the blood relationship, we look alike and enjoy feelings of closeness which may never be surpassed.

Siblings are a special gift and bonding amongst them is vital part of keeping our families, communities and nation strong.  Brothers and sisters provide an anchor for one another, becoming some of our closest friends and most trusted advisers.

I have said before, but I will reiterate it here, our wellness is MORE than what we eat and how much we move. There are so many other things that factor into it and our relationships are a huge component. Life takes a village and your family is the core of that village. Sometimes, I question what I would do without my village and without my sister. She is such a huge supporter and inspiration to me. She KNOWS me to my core.

My sister and I have always been pretty close. I mean, we did go through those teen years where I was a total annoyance to her, but other than that we’ve always been best friends. We lived together multiple times after we had moved out of our parents house before having families of our own. I cannot say enough great things about my sister and how much I love her. Even with her living in a different state and 800 miles away we are still close.

I definitely do not have a shortage of photos of her and I together and had no issue finding a few (below), on my Facebook  profile, to add to this post.

But, the amazingness that is the sibling connection was never so profound to me until I had a child myself and saw what happened with her and her big brother and sisters. I tear up just thinking about it. The love and excitement that they have on a daily basis moves me more than almost anything in the world. It is right up there with Calista’s birth and falling in love with their Dad. If anyone could love Calista as much as her dad and I do it would definitely be them. They aren’t annoyed with my numerous smooches because they do it too. And the pictures, the plethora of pictures that I HAVE to take ALL.THE.TIME….nope they don’t care either.

A little history on the day: National Siblings Day was founded by native New Yorker, Claudia Evart in 1995 to honor and celebrate siblings.  After losing her two siblings early in life in separate accidents, she knew how important siblings could be in our lives. Siblings Day (SD) follows the spirit of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day  – a great American tradition and celebration of family-unit values.  It is an uplifting celebration honoring people who have shaped our values, beliefs and ideals.  It is a relationship as equally important as a parent’s relationship.

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