In August of this year I reconnected with my little sister. It’s a long story, full of details that don’t matter so I’ll just skip to the good part.

I grew up wanting a little sister mainly because I wanted someone to dress-up and boss around. I thought about what it would be like to wear similar outfits, paint each other’s nails, have movie nights, etc. I prayed and prayed for years, hoping for a little sister. I doubled up often – asking Jesus and Santa! Instead, my mom gave me a set of twin brothers that completely rocked my world.

Growing up with my younger brothers was a lot of fun – maybe that’s not the right word. They taunted my friends, hid my belongings, and called me Angelica (yes, from the Rugrats). I love them dearly, they are remarkable young men, and I’m truly proud to be their big sister but growing up I imagined yelling at my little sister for wearing my clothes, copying my style, and listening in on my phone calls.

But by the time I got to high school, I was over it. There was no way my mom was having another baby and I would have looked at her sideways if she did. As a junior in high school, I tutored and mentored middle school students so some of the girls became my adopted little sisters. This continued through college and well into my adult life and I now have a few amazing little sisters; a good majority of them drive me crazy but I love them.

However, nothing could have prepared me for the bond and connection between Rai and I. She came to visit last week and I didn’t want her to leave. She asked me a million questions, fell in love with my closet, had me out in the boonies looking at Christmas lights, and up late eating Chinese food and talking. It reminds me of how I felt connecting with my older sister Shaundea after growing up without her; I asked her a million questions, had her up late, etc. except this time I’m the big sister. And I’m loving every minute of it. As the girls in my mentoring program say “I’m here for all of this.” She’s promised to never miss a birthday and I’ll never leave her side.

God’s timing is perfect. My childhood prayer has been answered, I’ve received a little sister for Christmas! This year, I’ve been blessed to connect and form stronger bonds with siblings on both sides and I’m extremely grateful.

Merry Christmas!

(1 John 5:14-15) And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. (ESV)


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