It is Friday so time for reflections in gratitude and linking up with Bron over at Kidspot for 52 weeks of grateful.
This past week saw the arrival of my big sister as she is visiting from New York for 5 weeks. She has not seen my girls in 3 years so to say there is some cuddling going on would be an understatement. As my kids have no family nearby they just soak in the person and ignore personal space or boundaries of any kind. Alice especially loves to show love and affection and is a hugger. I am so grateful that my sister takes the time and money to travel across the world to come to the playground, eat pancakes together and read books. She will try to squeeze in a solo adventure or two, but most of her five weeks will be filled with family life instead of exotic travels and we appreciate that so much.
(Big sisters at Disney on Ice for Alice’s 9th birthday)
I am also grateful for the wonderful big sister that Alice is. She turned 9 on the weekend and is such a caring and loving big sister. Lulu spent the first 30 minutes of Alice’s birthday morning in tears. She was very upset about not being nine herself, lamenting that age old problem of ALWAYS being the younger sister. No matter how much she ages she is always stuck being younger. As a younger sister myself I could relate, but could also find loads of great things to remind her of the benefits of having a big sister. How they break in the parents so they are more relaxed when you ask permission to do things. How you always have someone who has blazed a bit of a path and can give you advice. How you get your wardrobe AND theirs to wear – evidenced by me wearing my sister’s jacket just yesterday and Lulu was in Alice’s clothes on and off all week! How they love you and want nothing more for you than you to be happy. Instead of wanting to rush into opening her birthday presents Alice was patient and caring and reassured her little sister. I am so grateful that I am here to watch and nurture their relationship as sisters, which is so important to me.
I am especially grateful for this slow week during the school holidays where I had time to reflect, rest, cuddle, play, cook, read, shop (loving my new-to-me yellow handbag that brightens the day), download and laugh with my family and friends.
What are you grateful for this week?
Find your simple,