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This was so unique...I just had to try it out. I think one of the funnest and most rewarding aspects of blogging is when we pull the proverbial curtain back on the author of a blog and get to know them. Then, it is just icing on the cake when we are able to make a new friend! So...I'M IN!!! This week, apparently we are discussing siblings!
Getting To Know You: Sibilings
1) How many siblings do you have and what are their names?
I have one brother, and his name is Joshua; however, I call him several different names. JB, Bradley (his middle name), Josh as well Joshua are all names that he "goes by". Both of my parents remarried when my brother and I were older (I was college age and older with both, my brother was high school and older)...so, we weren't really raised with our step brothers and sisters. However, we do have several. Due to our parents both remarrying, we also have 7 step siblings; however, we only see them occasionally if rarely. Here is a lovely picture of my brother, JB:
|Josh showing off while we were getting our wedding pictures|
made in front of the Washington Monument...typical!!
2) What is the age range among the children in your family?
My brother and I are five and 1/2 years apart in age. I am the oldest of the two. If you were to take into account step siblings...the range increases dramatically. There are several older than me, but my brother is still the youngest.
|Josh and me @ a family reunion...after playing a game of cornhole!|
3) In what ways are you like your siblings?
Josh and I are actually very different in many ways. However, we do have a lot of core qualities that are the same. He has a warm, caring and loving heart, even if he doesn't want to admit it sometimes. He values family and has a strong sense of family. He has an incredible work ethic, and is EXTREMELY smart (especially when he puts his mind to something). We share all of these traits. Now don't get me wrong...there are traits we don't share...no two people are alike! And, I'm sure there are things I'm not thinking of...
Josh has truly matured over the years, and I'm one VERY PROUD SISTER!
|Our little family...Mike (stepdad), Mom, Josh, Me, and Michael (Husband)|
Josh and I "see" the world differently. That is basically the best way that I can put it. We might see the same exact news article, and we interpret it different due to our views. This is how we are most different...our views. However, eventhough we are "different" in this respect...I feel we still respect each other. Respect of others, regardless of disagreements of lifestyle, opinions, etc. is important.
|In limo, as we were riding around Washington D.C. after wedding, getting|
pictures in front of monuments, Michael and me w/ our 2 brothers
5) What is the craziest sibling story you've got?
When you have a sibling, how can you not have crazy stories? Yes, I have many...but, I think that I won't share those here to respect him...and maybe me :)
6) Any treasured memories or routines you shared with your siblings?
I can't say that we have any specific "routines". However, I have MANY memories with my brother. One special memory...he walked me down the aisle on the day of my wedding. Also, when I purchased my first house when I was still single, Josh moved in with me for a couple years while he was still going to college. We have LOTS of memories (mostly good, a few bad)...however, it gave us a great opportunity to live together and grow as "adults" rather than "child siblings".
Another one of my most vivid memories from our childhood that has rolled over into adulthood is that we had this one record growing up that my mom would play as we were getting ready for church each Sunday morning (a gospel record). And to this day, if one of us begins singing one of the songs, we all can sing the songs on that record word for word! Clearly... we continue to make memories each and every day.
7) What are your siblings' best talents?
My brother is very talented. When he decides that he wants to do something, he tends to be GREAT!!! Growing up, he was very involved with sports...and, he was always playing on all-star teams and traveling teams....HE WAS GOOD!! Then, he grew an interest in wanting to learn guitar around high school age. He began teaching himself, and now he is great at it, as well as other stringed instruments. Like I said...he is VERY TALENTED in all areas that he applies himself!!
|JB in deep concentration...probably playing a game during a get together|
8) You and your sibling get to share one perfect meal. What is on the table?
Growing up, every Sunday after church my mother's side of the family would go down to my grandparents' farm and we would have a large lunch. YUMMY!!! Great memories. Now, one of my favorite meals that I look forward to (and I can pretty much vouch for my brother as well) is the family meal get togethers that we have for birthdays, holidays and special occasions. Of course, these family meals are the best (and anything cooked by my grandma), and they can't be matched ANYWHERE. (It could have something to do with company...but, the food "SURE IS DELICIOUS!") Josh has to drive in 10 hours from Washington D.C. for any get together; but, I know that he would totally agree with me on the perfect meal!
|Michael's (my husband) surprise 40th birthday party...Josh is on the end of|
this is a picture of my mom's family...not all were able to come. We had
SO MUCH FUN that day!
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