By Randi Spearman
Today is a special day! I’ve been waiting for this day for 4 years! Every year I would send another card saying, “Happy Birthday…can’t wait for the day we can celebrate together…” And I’d count down another year, and this year I finally get to celebrate my big sister’s birthday with her! My big sister who has been my rock through all these years from the very beginning never passed judgment on me. She was the first to tell me that God has a plan for my life and that I had a purpose and needed to find out what it was. I never had a purpose before, but when she told me that, I realized she saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself and I wanted to find it.
I can’t imagine the heartache that she experienced by not being able to get me out of my predicament, but never once did she let me stay discouraged or let on that she was hurting too. She stayed strong for me and lent me her strength when mine ran out.
While you would think that years apart would put a distance between some relationships, it did the opposite for ours. It brought us closer. I realized how much I had been missing all these years I was running the streets, and I never want to be far from my family again.
Shauna has continued to bring blessing after blessing to my life. Just being in her company is blessing enough. Whether we are making the 45 minute drive to church and back, or talking on the phone, she fills me with so much joy. We just have a blast and crack up at each other’s corny jokes.
But what I value most is her friendship, her unconditional love and her guidance. I don’t have all the words right now to share about my sister. If you could see my tears right now, you would know my deep appreciation and love I have for her.
Shauna—You are my best friend, I would not be the woman I am today without you. You have helped me in ways you’ll never know. I will keep your words and encouragement with me the rest of my life.
I admire you for the amazing woman you are. You are a faithful wife, loving mother, compassionate daughter and granddaughter, and an AWESOME sister! I have always looked up to you and wanted to be just like you, (that’s why I followed you around and borrowed all your clothes growing up) and still do.
You are still my role model, and are blessed to have me as your sister…Oh wait…I mean I am blessed to have you as my sister. :0)
Thank you for being there for me through the hardest time of my life, and thank you for celebrating now with me for what is the best times to come!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I LOVE YOU SHAUNA!!