For the past 3 months my younger sister, her husband, and her 3 girls have been living with us in our "temporary" house. Every night it was my family of six in one room, and her family of 5 1/2 in the other. I felt like we were college roommates except with a lot of kids. There's a bond between sisters that is unspoken and natural. Even though we were living together every day in a messy house with screaming kids, we never got sick of each other. There was never a need for a break. It was perfect.
Every night was like one big slumber party.
Chip took the crew probably every other evening to work on the farm. Here they are at Lowes. I am sure he got a lot of stares. It looks like there's one missing...
Our last week together, we got to drink a lot of Cafe Mochas and shop in Round Top. I didn't think she would make it with her big belly and her small bladder. She was quite the trooper.
Her and her sweet family left this past week to head back to Alabama. I told my parents how quiet it seemed with just the six of us. I shed some tears and in a weird way felt like I was sending my kid off to college or something. I typically am tough and play the big sister role well with the good-byes, but this one was hard because they became such a huge part of our life. The older I get the more I realize what a blessing it is when family is close.
I am thankful for our time together, it was such a rich gift!