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Happy Birthday to the Bestest Little Sister Ever!

Today is my little sister Rachel’s birthday! There truly aren’t enough words I could write into this birthday dedication post to give you an idea of what a beautiful person and friend she is to me!

Rachel came on the scene when I was just over three years old and ever since, my little sister has been fireball, tearing past me, challenging herself, excelling at everything she does and encouraging me to get a move on in different aspects of my life and work. It has always been this way.

I remember that after months of begging, she was finally allowed to get her ears pierced on her fifth birthday. Not to be outdone, my eight-year-old self (who hadn’t given any thought to having my ears pierced at all before this time) decided to have my ears pierced immediately following Rachel’s turn. When Rachel was eight or nine, the three-meter diving board became a fun new adventure for her at the pool. My eleven-year-old self, usually the one to avoid diving boards altogether during swim class (yes, even the measly one-meter board), decided it was unacceptable to be shown up by my fearless younger sister and took the plunge off the three-metre board one afternoon…even though it did take me about five minutes of standing at the very tip of the board to finally get up the nerve to jump into the water. In the end, I think the only thing that actually sent me off the diving board was the mantra “If Rachel could do it, so can I!”.

Dearest Rachel. You have shown me braveness. You have shown me perseverance. You ALWAYS make me laugh. I’m so proud of you, Rachel, and I admire so many of the qualities that you have! I’m thankful you’re my sister and friend and I’m grateful for the generous support you give me always. I love you and wish only the best and the brightest for you this year! xoxo

Rachel often comes along to assist me with weddings! I’m blessed to have such a fun companion who is so on top of things! Our post-wedding giggle fits on the drive home are always the nicest way to end each wedding day.

January 15, 2012 - 9:46 AM

Rachel - Aw that is so sweet Courtney! Thank you so much. You are the bestest big sista ever…and most amazing photographer! Love you

January 16, 2012 - 9:35 AM

Faith - So sweet!

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