He fills the longing soul with good things. Ps. 107:9

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Deanna Marie


I've been stricken again with mysterious insomnia. So in my wakeful doodling I make the mistake of going to my sister's website.

And now the tears {the happy and sad-mingled tears} of missing and loving someone so much you can't stand it.

She's amazing. I pause to even think where to begin for those of you who don't know her. Those of you who do know her - or have even met her - don't need me to say much.

I've heard that her name means "bubbling over". Now how in the world could a name be so fit? She bubbles over with her giftings, with her enthusiasm, with her intensity, with her love.

Her sarcasm is hilarious. Her cooking is glorious. Her music is notorious. Her pace is furious. (I'd better quit this rhyme or it will be injurious!)

She married a wonderful, distinctive British man. And in turn for getting to be my brother-in-law, he takes her to Northern Ireland! I'm kidding. They are doing a wonderful pastoral work there - one of the most active churches I've encountered. He is a great man with a great mind and a great wife. They are where God has placed them and that is beyond doubt the best place to be.

What is it that makes the bond of sisterhood so deep? Is it the hours spent in the blistering heat of a lemonade stand? The years of lessons and practice and playing together? The Saturday Sister bond of folding socks while listening to Ranger Bill? The understanding that needs not words? The silent pokes that are full of muffled humor? The enduring and surviving of pain beyond belief? The years of sorting through the heartbreakers to find the ONE? The thrill of wedding plans? The sugary doting of Aunthood? No. It's none of these. It's all of them and a million more....



But now I sit 'midst the cornfields of Indiana. And she is galavanting across the European countryside, dodging sheep and visiting castles, having tea and using words like "midday." Who'da thunk?


I have nothing profound to say through my tears.

Only this: I love you. I admire you. I miss you.
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O yes - and HAPPY 1st ANNIVERSARY today! Here's to 60 more years of wedded bliss and all that stuff (am I on speakerphone, De?).
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13 comments

Tamra said...

You described her to a T - as only a sister could. Loved this post. I miss her too. Why don't a bunch of we girls pack up and pay her a visit! Wouldn't that be a hoot!

The Going Blog said...

My heart hurts for you!! She is a rare jewel and so are you.

tacomom said...

I so wish I'd have had a sister to grow up with to share all this! (the one next up from me is 8 yrs older).

Michelle said...

What a lovely post. I didn't know her well but the definitioh of bubbly does fit her!

dorcas said...

I've been thinking of her too! I need to put some action to my thinking and email her, especially today since it is her anniversary. Hope you are feeling better!

Beth Stetler said...

Wonderful post. I miss my sister, too!

Ronda said...

Hi, Sarah...I had some "catching up" to do on your blog! I so enjoyed all of your pictures and new posts! I loved hearing about your sister....that was beautiful! (I am sure that brought tears to her eyes as she sipped her tea and read your wonderful tribute to her!) I also loved the pictures of your kids! Danny talked to your Mom last night before we even got your message...I hope that he was able to help her! My heart goes out to her! Hope that you are having a great day!

Angie Davis said...

Ya made me weepy. I'll have to confess that I'm a little jealous. I don't come from a really close family and the older I get, the more I'm in complete awe of siblings who love each other that much. (Can I borrow a sister...?)

Regina said...

My sister and I grew up sitting around the radio listening to Ranger Bill too! BTW, how are you doing? Any better? I've been thinkin about ya!

Mary Ellen said...

I'm sure you just made your sisters day, if not her entire week. What a nice tribute to her. I grew up in the middle of two sisters and love the close relationships we share - I am indeed doubly blessed.

Great post. Sorry you are sick, hope you are feeling much better real soon.

Jody J said...

Great post! What would life be like without a sister? I don't know your sister well, but I feel like I do now. :)
I know what ya mean about just a little poke bringing laughter. All you have to do is look at each other and you know what she is thinking. We are huge "pokers"! :) I've actually been known to pass a note to one of my sisters (if I wasn't sitting right next to her) that read, "poke". She knew exactly what I meant! :)
I hope you get to see Deanna soon!

Kelly S said...

One great tribute to one great gal! Deanna is truly an amazing person. I love her dearly also.

I understand what you're going through. Kim just recently moved back this way to IN. But just after my wedding, she and Tim took off to Canada for their first pstorate. They went from there to NY and finally God brought them back this way. There's nothing like a sister!

Bobbie said...

For some reason my sister and I have never been very close. When I read the little poems about sister it almost hurts. I don't really know what happened but I find my self a little jealous of others because they seem so close. But in all I'm glad that others can have a close relationship with each other. It is so sweet that you have each other.

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