April 5, 2013

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She was always the cool one. My big sister with the the latest styles, the hippest music, and I wanted to be just like her. And she was totally annoyed to have me as her shadow.

As annoying as I was, she (mostly) tolerated me, and usually took on a motherly role. Our childhood situation wasn’t always the easiest and Wendy made sure I had money for snacks at the pool. She brought me good luck gifts to dance competitions. And she exposed me to all the wonderful that is the Nordstrom sale.

We would have “sleepovers” in her room and sing the Beach Boys and John Denver till we fell asleep. Our backyard became our wonderland and we invented the game “Gatekeeper” to keep out all the bad guys. As we grew and Wendy went on to college and then got married, she would mail me letters to tell me how much she missed living across the hall from me. And when I went away to school, moved across the country multiple times to follow my dreams, she always came to visit.

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She is the only one who truly “gets” it. She continues to support me in all of my ambitions and dreams. She loves my baby girl. And her wicked sense of humor keeps me on my toes. I can count on her for brutal honesty and a kick in the pants. And I can also rely on her when I need her most to come through.

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Not much has changed through the years.  I still look up to her and she still invites me to her “cool kid” get togethers.  I continue to want to be like my big sister.

I am so blessed fate brought us together, my sister by heart. I love you Wendy-Pooh and I can’t imagine my life without you.

Photos by Veronica Reeve

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  1. Danielle says:

    How sweet is this Jen! I don’t know what I would do without my sister, they really make the best friends!

  2. Annie Cutler says:

    What a fun blog post! You two are awesome! Glad to call you BOTH a friend.

  3. Chelsea says:

    I actually cried reading your sweet post. This makes me miss my own little sister. Thanks for sharing!

    Chelsea & The City

  4. Sarah says:

    Precious! How lucky you both are!!

  5. Wendy Widerburg says:

    Sniff… sniff…. Yep, that is me crying! What sweet words from you, my dear girl, I can’t tell you how much this means to me. Love you always, and I am so glad we have each other to really understand our craziness!

    Now……. where is that picture of me doing “bunny ears” to you? I am going to need a copy of that!!!


  6. Kelly says:

    How sweet! I love this, especially as an only, it makes me wish I had a sister too!

    Kelly from chic Saturday

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