Kirsti has grown into the most grounded young woman. And while we like to say she is in “la la land” and she even created her own blog with that title (click here to see it), Kirsti has strong beliefs that she adheres to with a great sense of purpose to who she is.
Happy 23rd Birthday Kirsti!
I remember March 7th, 1987 very well. It was the day I thought I was getting another brother and instead my dad surprised me when he called while we were eating supper with Grandma Nola at our house. He said that at 5:23PM my mom had a baby girl and I had a sister. I was thrilled and overjoyed. My sister although eight years younger than me could share my common love of the color pink which she definitely does.
For many years, Kirsti was my little sister and I made sure she knew that until in high school when she hit a tremendous growth spurt and went soaring past me in height. Then she was just my younger sister. I blogged about that here last year.
Kirsti and I are polar opposites in many areas of our personalities (introvert vs, extrovert, organized vs. disarray) which has led to our share of all out battles which our brothers, my husband and Kirsti’s fiancee Mike can attest to. They are never major disagreements. Most are silly that we laugh about together soon after our spats. As we have matured those disagreements have lessened. We have learned that our differences are beneficial to one another and have grown a tremendous amount of mutual respect, love and appreciation for each other. Kirsti is not just a sister. She is my loyal fan and encourager.
My sister is my lifelong, true friend and I am blessed to have her in my life and our family’s life. She loves our children, lives 80 miles away and comes to help and visit us at the drop of a hat. Life in the past few years has been hectic, full of change for us and Kirsti has gone above and beyond to take care of details, help me organize our house and care of our kids. We are so grateful.
Late this spring, our family will stand with Kirsti as she marries Mike. We could not be more proud of all that she has accomplished at her young age and all that her future holds with Mike.