Wednesday, September 2, 2009

~HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SISTER~ Memories to Last a Lifetime

EASTER SUNDAY 1961

Without you, growing up on Sigman Street would not have been the same. Over the years we've shared so much. A teensy, tiny bedroom. Springtime walks to Gramma's house. Riding our little bikes to Cedarlane. We shared "Slippin' Slide" Summers, trips to the beach and endless dreams.

During those days of fragile uncertainty, you were always by my side.

WELCOMING OUR SWEET BABY BROTHER - 1962
You were the BEST "Big Sister" in the world back then...and your still are now!
DRESSING UP AS PILGRIMS - 1963
With you I could laugh and cry. And did. Many times.

WITH DADDY and Grandma Elliott - Knott's 1963

We shared amusement park rides, big family reunions and a sincere desire to know Jesus.
SWIMMING AT LOS ALTOS 1964
You taught me how to swim in the "Deep End" at Los Altos' pool. When I said "I CAN'T! I'm AFRAID" you said "You CAN! I'm HERE...I won't let you drown..."

You've "saved me" so many times. You bouyed me with your strength and helped me believe I could do anything.
Today I believe I can!

HANDMADE JUMPERS BY GRAMMA - 1964
You made me laugh while taking SERIOUS family pictures (our daddy was NOT amused!)...
A REAL BROWNIE GIRL SCOUT and her Sidekick "Pixie" 1965

And you didn't seem to mind too terribly much when our Momma invited me to CRASH your Brownie Troop!

YOUR 9th BIRTHDAY ON SIGMAN STREET 1965

Because you've always been true to who you are, you graciously allowed me to be 'out in front' (even when it was YOUR BIRTHDAY!). Despite your star-shine, you willingly shared with me some of the glitter from your shinning crown.

I remember well our childhood days...so full of laughter and love...and the occasional tear... OK! Sometimes LOTS of TEARS~ :....( :....( :........(

OUR BEAUTIFUL AUNTIE CHERI'S WEDDING Flower Girl & Candle Lighter - 1966

We dreamed early on about the men we would one day marry...

MY BEAUTIFUL MAID OF HONOR 1978

And when I found my Prince Charming you honored me by again standing by my side. It was because of YOU that my Mr. AGPMan came into my life (remember...he thought I was YOU!)

(If I could find my picture of the two of us on your beautiful wedding day it would BE HERE!)... :(

OUR FIRST CRAFT SHOW
Country Temptations OKCITY - 1986


I still laugh when I think about our very FIRST Craft Show! We were just two young mothers trying desperately to "make ends meet"...
God was faithful. He supplied all our needs.

It was YOU who taught me HANDS DOWN all about Garage Sale Hunting and Junking for fabulous old finds (and new ones, too)! All these years later I'm still so sad to think that because of me you missed getting those sweet black chairs at that OKCITY Thrift Shoppe...remember? (I still think the woman who stole them out from under you was WRETCHED!)
OUR BABY SISTER'S WEDDING - 2003

In 1967 I became a big sister, too. But...I would NEVER measure up to the one you've always been to Jenny, Bill and I...

OUR BEAUTIFUL BROTHER'S WEDDING DAY
2006

When I heard you speak at Bill's wedding I was instantly taken back in time. I'd forgotten all about the sweet, soft sound of your voice and how it always calmed me during nights of childhood terror and confusion.

I've missed hearing it so much.

Our relationship has not always been perfect. But, because of you I know myself better. You've listened without judging and given advice without pushing. I hope that all of the blessings you've brought to my life I will one day be able to return to you.

Happy Birthday, Lin. May this year of your life be the best one you've ever lived! I pray you will always feel content with where your life has taken you and, no matter what, know that you are truly and deeply loved. Thank you for always being there for me and our family! You continue to inspire us all.

You are "Forever My Sister and Forever my Friend".

I love you most.

Beck

Blessings to you as you remember that there is nothing that God the Father cannot restore and make new once again...Rebecca

24 comments:

Tanza said...

Very sweet tribute to your beautiful older sis !! Aren't sissies wonderful, and why is it, that bond is so incredibly strong..between sisters.. I KNOW how you LoVe and aDoRe both of yours !! I soo believe what we all become, is where we've been, and who we have been through it all with !! Yes, sisters are a blessing, from our Father up above.. and for you to realize how blessed you are is a blessing in itself !! Happy Birthday Linda !! You are beautiful, and I soo hope you feel the LoVe and admiration from your sis !! God is good girlies!!
hugs for you both,
~tea~xo

DeeDee said...

You both are beautiful and what fun pictures to remember the fun memories...Happy Birthday

My Pink & Cream Cottage said...

Well my Sweet I have finally found my way back to *blogland* & as usual yours was the first I read (boy do I have some catching up to do) Happy Birthday to your special sister I hope she has had a beautiful day & know your post to her would have made it all the more special. Oh & I have voted for you my special friend & have fingers & toes crossed that you win but hey even if you din't what an honour just to be in the running huh. Ok so am going back to read up on what you have been up to while I was away, wishing you a great day....

Lyn xxx

Mary Ann Miller said...

Happy birthday to your sister!! Lovely post.

Mary Ann

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a beautiful tribute to your special sister. Wishing her a very happy birthday!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Oh Rebecca, that brought tears to my eyes... I do not know what I would do without my little sister, we are inseparable... what a lovingly done post about your sweet one... Happy Birthday Lin! Bisous... Julie Marie

debbie said...

Dear Precious Rebecca,
What a beautiful birthday tribute to your sister. I spent some early morning time just reading through your blog and what a blessing you are to your sisters and brother and everyone that you cross their path.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDA. I SO ENJOYED LOOKING AT ALL YOUR PICTURES GROWING UP....WHAT SWEET GIRLS....PRECIOUS SISTERS......A SISTER IS SUCH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD. I AND MANY, MANY PEOPLE ARE PRAYING FOR YOUR HUSBAND. MAY THIS BE THE MOST WONDERFUL YEAR EVER FOR THE BOTH OF YOU.
REBECCA, I LOVE THE STORY YOU TOLD, BACK IN JANUARY, I THINK, WHERE YOU TALKED ABOUT HOW HARD YOU AND MR. AGPMAN HAVE WORKED TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE A HOME BUT SPEND LITTLE TIME WORKING ON YOUR SPIRITUAL HOME. IT WAS SOOOOOOO VERY WONDERFUL.
ANGEL HUGS
LOVE
debbie

Lee Laurie said...

Rebecca,
This is such a beautiful post and it brought tears to my eyes. We are so blessed to be close to our sisters. I can't imagine it any other way. There have been times when I have felt like I didn't have anyone in my life that understands me....then my sisiter comes to mind. She is always there. Sisters are one of God's precious blessings.

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

chandelier magic beach house said...

Congratulations! I went straight away to vote - now I'll call my bro -

Happy B'day to your sister -

Happy Day to you -

Marsha

Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

What a wonderful tribute to your sister. So beautiful and touching. I might have shed a tear or two. I've been blessed with two wonderful sisters of my own who I love to pieces. They mean the world to me so I couldn't help but get a little emotional. Thank you for sharing such beautiful words. Happy Birthday to your sister. Have a wonderful day.

Blessings,
♥Ana

blushing rose said...

G'morn Rebecca ~ What a deep loving writing for your sister on her birthday. May your sister, & you, have a fantastic time enjoying her special day reminescing your fun & loving lives together. You are both very blessed to have a close relationship.

Your pictures are so wonderful & cute ... now it is OBVIOUSLY clear who Miss K looks just like!, spittin' image of your youth, ladybug.

Hugs of love, TTFN ~Marydon

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

A wonderful tribute to your sister! Happy Birthday to your sister! Warm wishes, Esther

Sares said...

what a beautiful Birthday post for your sister. I'm sure your will bring about more sweet tears for her when she reads this. She sounds like a very special big sister. I have one myself, so I know just how you feel. Happy Birthday to the Birthday girl!

Pat Reeves said...

I follow your blogs everyday and find them to be so uplifting. The tribute to your sister is great.
I really miss you!

Love,
Pat

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Such a beautiful, sweet and loving post for your sister. I have a precious sister too...only I carried her around..she won't let me any more! :)
I loved it! It made me smile as you so often do.
Smiles, love, and hugs to you, Rebecca...
Mona

Rebecca said...

To PAT REEVES~

PAT...MY FORMER BOSS, PAT in Colorado???? OMGOSH...

Such MEMORIES of my years with you and the CLAN at CURRENT! I learned sooo much about business during those days! Just yesterday I was talking to Brandon about my BEST and then my WORST employees! You were ALWAYS so wonderful to me my friend...the BEST BOSS EVER! I think of both you and Jeff all the time.

I hope and pray you are well...you mean the world to me!

Love, Rebecca

Mary said...

This made me cry, Rebecca, but tears of joy and sweet memories. What a lucky sister you have, to have you for a sister! Have a blessed and beautiful day!

Mary

Vicki said...

Hello, Rebecca,
A lovely tribute to your sweet sister. Thank you for sharing. Have a beautiful rest of the week. Thank you for stopping by for a visit. It means so much when you do. Vicki

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh this post made me all misty. The love you have for your sweet sister comes shining through in your post. May you have a wonderful birthday.

BellaRosa said...

What a beautiful post...I have just one sister and although we are 7 years apart, I am the eldest...she is my heart :) Thank you for sharing. Sending special birthday wishes to your sister :) Rose

Thank you for your sweet comment :) It is amazing to me...after visiting so many of your blogs for so long and too embarrassed to leave comments that some of these same amazing woman are leaving comments on my lil blog. Thank you ever so much :)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Rebecca! Just stopping by tonight to try to catch up on a few past posts. What a sweet tribute to your loving sister! Love that poem your dear father wrote also. Big WOO HOO on the award you are vying for ~ guess you KNOW who my vote is gonna be for!

Big Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

A Romantic Porch said...

Oh what a beautiful tribute. Sept 2 is my mr romantic's birthday also! I hope her day was more than wonderful! xo rachel

Lovey said...

Your tribute to your sister is beautiful! OMGoodness...such love and respect for her. I'm glad that you have that bond. I had a very special bond with my older sister until 4 years ago when my mom passed...my big sis wrote me and our older brother out of her life...she's just struggling with mom's passing...I know God can mend and heal all things. She will always be my Big Sis and I have so many memories of her being just that...There is a reason that God put you together...Always cherish the love my friend...smiles.

Cottage Sunshine said...

Oh my goodness, this is the sweetest thing I have read! I have so much love for my sister too...she pulled me through my divorce and kept me from being swallowed into an awful panic and insanity! I understand the beauty of a sister! ...And ~wow!~ you certainly know how to put it into words! Makes me want to cry and run to my sister and give her a big hug! :) Thank you for sharing!

Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

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