So. My littlest sister is graduating from high school tomorrow. Wow. I cannot believe it.
That is her. On the left. With the ridiculous red wax lips. I got those in the mail-room at OBU. I worked there through my college career and someone put a bunch of those in the campus mail for us to distribute. There was one without an ‘address’ and we didn’t know who to send it back to, so my supervisor said I could have it. I had to have it cause I knew Lauren would like it. And, when I sent it home, I put a note that told mom she had to take a picture of her with them. And, it’s been on my desk ever since. My desks have changed, but the picture has been on it FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS. (And, you can see, I need a new picture frame…)
Here is a more ‘recent’ photo…
I made this card in MDS. For her graduation open house. And, as you can see, most of the talent is in the great photo… but… I will take whatever credit I can get.
Here’s what I made to send her. It’s a surprise, so don’t spill the beans (she graduates in several hours, so it’s probably gonna be okay…)
The card is one you’ve seen before. It’s from Sale-A-Bration. When I made the card a few months ago, I knew at that moment that I was going to save it for her. The lei I made… a co-worker showed me several years ago how to make a haku lei (that’s a lei-making style of ‘weaving’ flowers together–and traditionally is worn around the head.) However, I made this a lei to go around the neck. And, being that KANSAS is 5000 miles away from here, I had to make and mail it on Monday. And, thanks to the great people over at the USPS, it arrived it on Thursday. And, mom said other than being a little ‘compressed’ it looked pretty good. I credit this to all my friends who have the flower knowledge who told me what flowers to buy that were a bit heartier than others…
Here’s a close-er up…
I JUST LOVE the sentiment on the card…. Congratulations, Smarty Pants. It’s perfect.
So, my baby sister… (well, they are all the baby sisters, since I’m the oldest), but she will be the last of the Brown girls to go to Oklahoma Baptist University. ALL four of us went there. My parents should get a punch card… buy 3 the fourth free???
Anyway, I am very proud of her. I’m proud of who she has become. And, in many ways, there is a bit of sadness for me in this…that I cannot be there… that 5000 miles has separated us for nearly ALL of her growing-up years. I got to watch her grow and change in a very unique way that the distance has given me… a different perspective. Since I didn’t actually LIVE with her for the last 17 years of her life, I feel that I got to see things more objectively (well, I realize that isn’t the correct word, but vocabulary is failing me right now)… But, I never actually engaged with her in the traditional ‘sisterly’ way… (ie… stealing clothes, make-up, brawls, fighting over the telephone, tv… etc…) (Okay, now that makes it sound like me and my other two sisters hated each other, which is NOT the case, we just had the more traditional relationship cause WE WERE ALL BORN IN THE SAME DECADE…) So, I got to see her grow, change, make decisions, learn, I’ve proofread her homework…. It’s REAL interesting. Fun. And, I’m excited to see what else is in store for her.
She has this verse on the wall in her bedroom:
” But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
And, this is my prayer for her… that as she continues on into this next chapter in her life, she will wait on the Lord… for his guidance, direction, wisdom. And, that she will use the strength He gives to soar. Cause she will. And, I’m excited.
I love you, Lauren…