July 01, 2012

Sunshine Sunday - five years of fun

Do remember how I mentioned a couple of months ago that my little sister was moving?  Well, she left last week right when we were on our trip.  Now things feel kind of empty around here.  You see, our boys felt more like brothers than cousins.


They've all grown up together.




And while I've been feeling pretty lonely, I'm trying really hard to be grateful that we had five years together.


Five years of playing together.  Five years of laughing.  Five years of helping each other keep our sanity.  Five years of sharing.


And I'm really thankful that we live in a time where we can make a phone call.  Because I also need to hear all about this sweet little bundle she took with her.  (We got to squeeze in some photos before she left.)


So here's to cell phones, memories, and love that travels any distance.

Thanks for reading.

17 comments:

  1. That is such a sweet post, Cheri. My sis and I both live in the same town and we want to have kids close in age so they can feel like siblings. She is pregnant with number one!!

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  2. My little sis just left with her family to another state yesterday and my baby sis is leaving on an LDS mission in one month :( I am so happy for both of them and their opportunities, but my heart feels a bit empty. Sisters are special.

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  4. You are a really strong person and a real Christian! You can be thankful for the things you have and not concentrate on the the things not have. It's difficult to live so faraway and have less time to spend together especially for such close friends as you and your sister are(( You can use video calls by Skype)) That can make you feel living near by) Your sister's family can even attend your birthday or any other partys - just place your laptop on the table and here they are)) Of course there will be no hugs and kisses but its the best you can have now.
    Aljonushka from faraway Belarus.

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  5. OH I hear your pain. My plan is quite the opposite, in just five years both my boys are out of high school and I can move closer to my sister, father and nephews. They are an hour too far away. I got to love on my youngest nephew yesterday but by nightfall, I missed him already. So yes my Internet friend, boo to distance and yay for technology.

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  6. Oh my goodness!!!! These are fabulous photos! What a bunch of cute boys! And baby girl, too!

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  7. Can you please tell me how you did the chalk photo? How far above her were you standing? It's so cute!! Daisy_Barbosa@yahoo.com

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  8. Can you please tell me how you did the chalk photo? How far above her were you standing? It's so cute!! Daisy_Barbosa@yahoo.com

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  9. oh that makes me cry, I too live far away from my sisters and my kids are such good friends with their cousins too. you are right to be thankful for the years you had together and the times you can visit or talk.

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  10. Awe- so sweet. I live near my sisters and can only imagine the loneliness I would feel if they moved away. Praying for you!!

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  11. Oh my dear sweet Cheri. Oh how I love my Sissy. We are bestest of friends. And my husband laments all the time how he wishes she was here to make me laugh. Because only she could. I know it's not the same at all.....but Face Time is our bestest buddy. I FaceTime with her and her kids almost daily. Certainly not the same. But as close as we can get. And I can still hear her and her darling kids giggle. It's like magic medicine for my soul.

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  12. Oh, that is so hard! It is precious time when cousins can do some growing up together, at least. Their bond has been forged forever.

    I love the photo of Millee and the chalk!

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  13. it won't be long before the boys can spend extended periods of time at each others homes(school vaccation) and the person that rcommended Skype is so right on. it keeps families in touch even when someone is on deployment to the other side of the globe. it id really something to anticipate a visit on the "puter.

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  14. I can relate! I began watching my brother's kids a month before my oldest was born, so for 5 1/2 years, my kids were with their cousins 50-60 hours a week. It was hard when we moved away to Davis County, even harder when they moved to Phoenix, and now that they are in Singapore, we see them maybe one time a year for a few days. It has been hard adjusting to seeing them less and less with each move, but it definitely makes it so we value the time we DO have with them even more!

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  15. my sister is leaving for texas this month- her kids are the same age as my two youngest. my three year old is going to miss his favorite play-date buddy too, it's not going to be easy but I appreciate your suggestion to be happy about the time you had.

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  16. I hear you. I am 2000 miles away from my baby brother and he is my best friend. Thank goodness for cell phones and facebook. We are super close, but I can't wait for the day when we move back to Utah! You'll have to start planning your road trip to Texas!

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  17. My sister lives in Pennsylvania and I live in Florida. Between the two of us, we have four kids under the age of four who only get to see each other once in a great while, like once a year. I so wish we lived closer to one another but it's just not going to happen any time soon. In the mean time, we use Facebook to keep up with the kiddos and look forward to the times we can be together.

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