This is my sister, Ginny.
And if you know anything about me, you know that she is quite possibly the most influential person in my whole life. Just about every piece of who I am has been shaped in some way by Ginny’s profound mark on my life. And I know that I am not the only one who can say that. Ginny is one of those rare people who brings out the best in every single person around her. She brings her own sunshine wherever she goes, and that light just radiates out to those standing in her presence.
We haven’t always gotten along…
…and we still sometimes don’t. But no matter what is happening around us or even sometimes to us, Ginny remains one of the greatest and most positive influences in my life.
Sometimes, I don’t think I tell her enough how important she is to me. And so, today, I thought I would do just that. And you all get to read along. So, here we go… A tribute to my beautiful seester-friend.
You make me laugh when no one else can (and sometimes at times when no one should be laughing at all…#inappropriate).
I think your greatest gift is the ability to bring such joy to those around you. Your infectious laugh, your kind heart, and your radiating positivity shine through to everyone you encounter, and you make all of our lives brighter and more significant.
It has been such a treat to watch your family grow in the past few years. Seeing you as a wife and mother is both so natural and so confounding. Could that strong, intelligent, working woman who gets dinner on the table and her family to church on Sundays be the same girl who I used to lock in sewers when we were little?!?! (Sorry about that, by the way…) And yet, it feels like you, John Michael, and Tillman have always been together. I feel like I have known your little family my whole life.
Your steadfast faith in our Lord during times of extreme joy and incredible grief has carried me through so many trials of my own. I don’t even think you know how often you lead me back to God, Ginny. What a crown you will wear one day!
I want you to know that I stand in awe of you. Always have. Always will.
I will miss you at Thanksgiving this year. But know that this year when I thank the Lord for all the many blessings in my life, you will be at the top of that list. And I thought you should know that. So I wrote you this blog post.
Although, I guess I could have just called you.
Or texted you.
Or FaceTimed you.
Or anything other than a highly public blog post.
Yeah… probably should have thought this through better.