You would think a girl that has truly the best big brother in the world and not just one mom, but two (my stepmom, Robin), that I'd be set. That my family would be full.
But I am thankful it wasn't.
Today the thing I am so thankful for is the women the Lord has given me in my life that are a year older to, let's say, many many many decades older that have been like a big sister or mom to me.
I think of the things I've learned from them and truly it makes me want to sob hysterically and laugh uncontrollable. I don't know where I'd be without them. I wouldn't know how to study the Word or pray. I wouldn't have known what to do on my wedding night. Or how to teach a Sunday School lesson. I wouldn't have known what to do when I thought I was miscarrying. I wouldn't have known what to do when I brought that newborn home... or when a friend hurt me so deeply... or when I felt calloused to the Lord... or when I... you get the point.
These women have changed me. They have bettered me.
They may never know how much. I try from time to time to let them know. Their investment in me pushes me because I don't want to waste it. I am so thankful they shared their time with me. I'm so thankful they shared their lives with me.
Because it wasn't just meeting every other week over a cup of coffee for 30 minutes. They invited me into their lives. Into their marriage problems. Into their busy work meetings. Into their stinky diapers. Into their dishes piled high. Into reality.
Do you have an "adopted" big sister or mom? What are some things you've learned?