Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sisters.....


So, yesterday was a tough day. I had to say goodbye to yet another sister.....moving to Arizona. How can it be true? Wasn't it bad enough that Janna had to move last June? Now Jennifer less than a year later. Is this some kind of a joke, because I'm not laughing. I feel like a part of my heart has been cut out and still expected to go about my daily life and not miss it. Well, that's not possible. Moving to Idaho Falls more than 6 years ago and being 3 1/2 hours from them was hard enough but we made a great effort to see each other regularly. We had a wonderful time together creating endless memories. Our children love and adore each other and have become so close. Why when things are going so well, does a good thing have to come to an end? I ask myself that everyday. Now we are 15 hours away. I mean how often can I realistically see them in a year? 2 or 3 times? That just isn't acceptable. And yet, I know for their families, this is where they are supposed to be. They have been guided by Heavenly Father and we all know once we get an answer we have to move forward. So, now I have to put on a happy face and act as though this isn't devastating and difficult for me. I will do my best but it won't be easy. I love their children like they are my own. I feel so blessed that my Heavenly Father gave me the gift of two amazing sisters to help me while on this earth. I know he loves me just because of this great blessing in my life. I also know that He has a plan. We don't know what that plan is so we must trust that He knows what's best. Janna and Jenny, you are the best sisters anyone could ask for. Thank you for your love and kindness through the years. I will cherish you in every way and look forward to someday when we will be together forever. I love you with all my heart (even though a part of my heart is missing) :) Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers everyday. May God keep you in the hollow of his hand.....

P.S. I love my beautiful mother in this picture too. I know she is very sad to have all three of her daughters living far away from her. So sorry mom... :(

4 comments:

jessandbryce said...

What gorgeous women you all are! Julie I look up to you so much! I know you will get through this & everything will work out how you never thought it could! It was so good to see you the other day! I've missed you!

The Woodbury's said...

I'm sorry mom. I feel your pain. I haven't wanted to except it yet. I am sure you will get a lovely phone call from me tomorrow after I have to say my good byes. Someday we will all live by each other again.. someday. I love you!

Janna said...

Julie Ann!! What a touching and inspiring message to us. Thank you for your kind words and strength. I wish it was not this way... that we could all live close again and have the amazing closeness we have had. But for some reason that chapter of our lives has come to a close.. not sure why but I know that almost a year later we made the right decision for our family. I ache daily for you and your family to be near to me!! You are always in my heart and my prayers. I LOVE YOU MORE THAN I CAN EXPRESS IN WORDS!!! I feel equally blessed to have 2 beautiful and amazing sisters to help me make it through this life. Maybe you will be here too someday!! Teehee!! :) xoxoxo

Jennifer said...

Julie, I feel badly that I am just discovering this wonderful post! I read the one Larry did for your anniversary, but didn't scroll down to see this one. I too feel so sad that our time in Utah has come to a close and I'm also sad that the distance between us is even farther away, but now that you are moving to St. George, at least it's closer. I truly feel that the gift of sisters is one of the best gifts our Father in Heaven gave us. I love you and Janna for eternity and am so grateful we all have such good relationships and friendships. Thank you for all your good advice over the years and for being the older sister that got to experience so many things first. I know we will make an effort to see eachother as much as we can with our current locations, but it will take planning and sacrifice. Good luck as you embark on your new journey to St. George. Who would've thought that within a 12 month period all 3 of us would make such life changing moves. I certainly never expected this! But just as you said, the Lord ultimately has a plan for us and we need to trust that plan and have faith that it will all work out. I love you and can't wait til we get to see each other again!