Wednesday, June 27, 2012


I always wanted a sister.  Someone to play dress up with, someone to whisper secrets to, someone to go through life with.  That desire, unfortunately, never was fulfilled so I was thrilled when my second child was born.  Our second girl.  SISTERS!

ALP- 4 yrs., RNP- new!  ;)

ALP- 12 yrs, RNP -9yrs

They will hate me, but this was just too hard to resist!  Joining daddy in Mustache March!

See what happens in 6 years.....

18 and 14 years old!

I have heard many girls talk about their sisters in not so nice ways.  I never quite got it.  My girls love each other dearly, they truly are best friends.  Yes, they may have quarreled some as little girls, but at the end of the day they were best friends again.  They never had another option, really.  We encouraged it and we accepted no less.  In our house the rule is you treat the people you love, the family God gave us, better than anyone else.  "If you cannot be nice to your sister, or brothers, how can we trust you to be kind to others outside this house?  You need to practice here at home some more."  (I am all about practicing at home!)

And so my girls have someone to dress up with, someone to whisper secrets to, and someone to go through life with- and sometimes, I even get to be a part of it!

If you have kiddos struggling to get along with each other one of the books I highly recommend is Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends by Sarah, Stephen, and Grace Mally.  Raise the bar in your home and watch as they reach for it!


  1. Beautiful girls!

    My sister and I HATED each other until we were in our 30's. But I don't ever remember my parents doing anything to encourage us to be friends, or to get along.

    I often have people ask me why my children are so well-behaved. I say, "Because we don't allow them to misbehave." My biggest thing with my kids is respect: respect of their property, respect of them as people. If one of them says the other's name, the other is required to respond, even if it's to say, "I'm sorry but I really don't want to talk right now." I have so much joy in the kindness my children show each other. Even yesterday, I overheard Eli come into Brynne's room to ask her if he could play with her sword. She told him yes. He said, "Thank you." It's all a matter of respect. Then friendship follows.

    Great job with your girls!!!

  2. Nicole, yes, respect is so important to teach! Don't ya just love when you see the fruits of your labor!?!

  3. I have 4 sisters (and 3 brothers) and they are my best friends. I love your "if you can't be nice @ home, how can we trust you outside the home. " I'll have to remember that down the road.


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