Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sisters

I have two sisters. I'm the oldest, followed by Charlene, then Renee--each three years apart.
Julie, Renee, Charlene circa 1972
Miles separate our adult homes so we don't get together as often as we like. I'm in Utah. Charlene lives in Virginia, and Renee has settled in Washington (state). Yet, we are bound by shared memories, our faith, love for our parents and brothers, the East coast, and all things sinfully sweet.
Julie, Renee, Charlene
Younger days found us dressed alike in outfits masterfully sewn by our mother. Here we are sitting on our Stoker grandparents' back step in one of my very favorite dresses. The pink eyelet on the sleeves and hem made this toothless little girl feel so pretty.
Last week, we each left our homes and four kids in the care of our awesome husbands and reunited for Women's Conference at BYU. We briefly met up with our mother and sister-in-law (who was there with all her sisters as well.)

Despite the childhood fights, teenage squabbles, and adult disagreements, we still love each other, forgive each other, and understand each other. It dawned on me that these two are my very oldest friends. So glad we could spend a few days together this week!

Have we changed much?

22 comments:

Dixie Mom said...

That is so sweet! I'm so glad you were able to spend sometime with your oldest friends. :)

Kim Christensen said...

What a nice post. Having been in the same Ward with all of you for many years I especially liked seeing the photos!

Suzanne said...

Have you changed much? Not at all! You are all just as beautiful as you once were!

Cherie said...

You have all changed but I could tell who was who - beautiful sisters!

I did not grow up with any sisters and I always wanted some - After watching my daughters I think the sister bond is SOOO special. You 3 are so lucky to have each other and double fun to meet up for Women's Conference!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

You've only changed a little & you're all so adorable. How lucky you are to have each other!

Warmly, Michelle

Ginger said...

That's so fun! I could pick each of you out from your childhood photos to your adult photos. I don't know what I would do without my sisters. It looks like your sisters are the same for you. I'm so glad you could spend some time together. I'm hoping my sisters and I can do that next year. I've never been to Women's Conference, but have always wanted to come. I think next year is our year! :)

Mom to Many said...

I always longed for a picture just like the one you took. I have no sisters and was blessed with just one brother. But, I am growing up a batch of daughters. I look forward to taking my girls to women's conference some day in the future. :o)

Thanks for sharing. I hope you soaked up lots of goodness there. I missed it this year. Got to go 3-4 years on a row. I'll be there next year. :o)

Cheryl

Lacy@uphillandsmiling said...

You look great!! This post made me cry... enjoy every single DAY you have with your beautiful sisters :)

Saimi said...

I'd say you changed! You girls went from absolutely darling to absolutely beautiful!!

There's nothing like girl time, especially when its with your sisters!

Glad you had a great time together!!

Sue said...

What a fun thing to meet at Women's Conference! Did you listen to Stephanie Nielsen and sisters?

=)

Lesa said...

Yes, did you get to listen to Nie Nie, C Jane, and sisters?

I love the pink eyelet dresses. You ladies are all beautiful. I love my sisters also!

Marianne said...

LOVE the red dress in that first picture! I had a dress kind of like that...I LOVED it. I wore it to my very first day of school!

What a great tradition for you and your sisters--a great way to stay connected.

Garden of Egan said...

Nah, you haven't changed much, I just didn't see any pink eyelet.

Such beautiful girls. How fun to have sisters.

I'm sure there are more pictures. I hope to see them.

Joy For Your Journey said...

I think if you wore matching outfits, we wouldn't be able to tell you apart. :-)

How fun to be at WC together. I went last year with my four sisters and had such a great time!

Marvett Smith said...

I always wanted to have a sister!

Linda said...

You are beautiful women with a beautiful tradition. Good for you for making the efforts to stay close and connected.

Valerie said...

You've always had great cheekbones! You three look beautiful. And hooray for women's conference. I didn't get to go this year, but I have loved it every time I have gone. I went with my mother once, but never with my sisters. They don't like that kinda thing. ???

Wendys Hat said...

How fun!

Laura@livingabigstory said...

You are so lucky to have sisters -- I always wanted them soo bad! Instead, I have 3 older brothers ... not quite the same. So I live vicariously through my 2 little girls and *love* to hear them giggle and girl talk.

Fun, fun!

Connie said...

I've seen your comments on many of the blogs I follow and decided to come by and visit. You're adorable and I love all the pictures of you and your sisters. How nice to be able to spend time with them and with your mother at Women's conference.

Take care and have a Happy Mother's Day.

Mrs.Spy said...

So cute!!!

Utah Mom said...

Oh! Sisters are the best. I'm glad you were able to have a good time with yours last weekend.