My sister is coming into town today.Â She and her brand, spankin’ new husband, John Michael, are flying in to celebrate the 4th with all of us.Â Chris and I are picking her up at the airport tonight and then we’re all heading up to my parent’s house for the weekend.Â I’m so excited!Â I haven’t seen her since her wedding extravaganza in April.
Ginny and JM on their honeymoon in Maui.
My sister has always been one of those people who lives a crazy life.Â At least, compared to my homebody ways it is crazy.Â Take, for example, this picture…
This was one summer a couple years ago, just after she graduated from college.Â She and her friends decided to have their own Olympics.Â So, they all dressed up in elaborate costumes, each representing a different country.Â This picture was taken during Opening Ceremonies.Â Ginny is representing the North Pole and she’s carrying a sparkler as the Olympic torch.Â She ran it all the way through her apartment complex.Â For the rest of the weekend, they had various different events where they competed for medals.
Why all the huss and fuss?
No real reason at all actually.Â Just Ginny being bored and imaginative.
She’s always been like that.Â She’s the kind of person you want to be friends with.Â I love having her around.
After college (where she was, naturally, President of her sorority, Chi Omega), Ginny moved to Atlanta where she took a job working at a high profile public relations agency.Â She quickly climbed her way up the company ladder and within a few years, she was already a Senior Account Executive, working with international clients such as Starbucks, Dove, Unilever, and Microsoft.Â She was good at her job for the exact same reason she was good at the Olympics – she was creative and dedicated.
When she and JM started getting more and more serious, I was so happy to see that he was just as fun and adventurous as she was.Â They were always traveling somewhere, sending back crazy pictures of the two of them doing crazy things…
Zip lining and hiking
They were living life and loving it, and it seemed to be even more fun when they were doing it together.
And then the recession hit and JM (who is a project manager for a general contractor) started to worry about his job.Â Construction wasn’t booming and his company was whispering about lay offs.Â In the middle of all the uncertainty, JM was offered a job building a hospital, which would be a guaranteed job for the next two or three years – just enough to get him through the rough patch of the recession.Â The only problem was that he would have to move from their life in Atlanta to the middle of nowhere Virginia.Â At this point, he and Ginny were talking about getting married and he asked her to come with him.Â She thought about it for 2.6 seconds and then she quit her job, said goodbye to her roommates (her BFF’s and sorority sisters from college), and together they moved to Virginia.
I worried about her leaving a life that she really loved for something completely different, but Ginny never seemed to miss a beat.Â She and JM both seemed to just dive right into their new lives.Â In a city as small as where they live, there were no PR jobs and so Ginny instead decided to do something completely different and she became a preschool teacher.Â She calls me every now and then and lets her entire class of 3 year olds sing me and Bean songs.Â It’s adorable.Â And while she has moments and days when her job drives her crazy, for the most part she doesn’t seem to look backwards at all.
She and JM embraced the changes around them, even when those changes weren’t what they expected.
They didn’t try to bring their old life to Virginia.Â Instead, they embraced the place where they were right then. And though sometimes, I felt like they might be jumping in a little too far…
They just kept forging ahead, learning new things about where they now were and growing as a couple as they experienced all of it together.
It wasn’t until I started talking to my sister about how hard our move had been that I realized how hard her move had been as well.Â Actually, her move had been much harder because they left people they loved and moved farther away and Chris and I at least had my parents here to help us get adjusted.
To me, Ginny and JM are the definition of blooming where you are planted.Â She showed me that it isn’t always perfect when you plant new roots, but that the trick is to keep moving forward.Â To keep digging deeper into the new soil where you are planted.Â And to wrap your roots around your partner so that the two of your grow together.Â Ginny has always been an in-the-moment person.Â Actually, we used to tease her and worry about her because of it.Â She was sort of an extreme present tense person, never wanting to look ahead but never looking behind either.Â And while she has gotten much better as she has gotten older about balancing her present happiness with future planning, she continues to show me how much life has to offer when you are present in your life.
Isn’t it great the things you can learn from your baby sister?