Monday, September 24, 2012


Family is so important to me,
but today I want to focus on "SISTERS"!

This is a picture of my Mom and her older sister.   Unfortunately, her older sister died in the great influenza outbreak shortly after this picture was taken 

When my Mom passed away in May 1994, we sisters put our hands together for this picture.

My younger sister Marye had the photo framed and matted for me
with this inscription by Alexander Irvine in "My Lady of the Chimney" posted above it:

"...As gently as an autumn leaf falls, she laid her hand on Eliza's head.
  "Ah woman, God isn't a printed book to be carried around by a man in fine clothes, 
nor a cross danglin' at the watch chain of a priest.  
God takes a hand wherever He can find it, 
and just does what He likes with it.  
Sometimes He takes a Bishop's hand and lays it on a child's head in benediction, 
and then He takes the hand of a doctor to relieve pain; 
the hand of a mother to guide a child; 
and sometimes,
 He takes the hand of a poor old craither like me - to give comfort to a neighbor.  
But, they're all hands touched by His Spirit, 
and His Spirit is everywhere lookin' for hands to use."

This past summer we got together in South Dakota for a reunion, and attempted to take a foot picture.  My granddaughter took it with my phone camera, so the quality is not the greatest; but I can tell you that with the passing of time, we were in a much more jovial mood. Because of the magnification of the water, this is not the most flattering picture.  ...My sisters will probably let me hear about it!

Can you pick out who the sisters are in this picture?

At the same reunion, we enjoyed a "Hot Rod" event that was held in the town where we stayed.  My younger sisters and I were delighted to find a car that looked like the old "fishing car" that our brother had used to give us driving lessons. There was much laughter as we rehearsed the memories together!

Yes, ...Thank you, God, for SISTERS!

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Birgit said...

Lovely family! Your post makes me a bit blue though -- I wish now I had sisters...

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

How special to have so many sisters! I only have a brother and always wondered what it would be like to have a sister.

Ann said...

I had to count 2 times, to make sure I was right.
I have 5 sisters, that makes me the same as you,
6 pairs of hands.
But it is very hard for us to be together,
we are all over the world.
Last time, we could put our hands together, it was 20 years ago.
I love it.
Yout post title attracted me.
I am going to get my students put their hands together. ( I teach a special English class, I only have 4 students.)

lissa said...

wow!, lots of sisters there, I counted 6, must be wonderful when you all get together at the same time

hope you have a great day.

Splendid Little Stars said...

How lucky you are to have sisters! The closest I come to that is a cousin I grew up with, and my daughter. My mother had 2 sisters and the three of them were always very close.
The hand photo and inscription is wonderful!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Very loving delightful post on 'sisters' ~ great photos ~ very creative ~ (A Creative Harbor)

thanks for coming by and commenting) ^_^

Annesphamily said...

A beautiful post! I have two sisters, one already sharing in God's glory and the other lives 120 miles away from me! I love them both very much!
Your mom's photo with her sister was so striking! My dad lost two brother during the Great Influenza outbreak. A three year old brother and an 18 month old. I have often wondered the pain my grandparents most have felt.
Thank you for this beautiful share. Blessings to you today and always Anne

Lori said...

My post is about sister's as well.
They are truly very important to have. Love the hands photo, what a wonderful idea!

char72 said...

What a delightful post. I'm an only child and have always wished for a sister (or brother). I can vicariously enjoy the joy others feel. Love the pictures. Thank you for sharing.

EG CameraGirl said...

It's wonderful that you sisters get along so well. Awesome!!

Self Sagacity said...

We have seven girls in the family. I know sisters are VERY SPECIAL. Congrats on your family photos, they are hard to come by in my family. I can pick out the sisters, you all have the similar smiles.

collettakay said...

Wow, 6 sisters! I don't have any sisters and only 1 brother. He is only about 19 months older than me and I was his shadow :)

I do have a cousin who I count as a sister. We grew up together and I claim her baby boy as nephew.

I have 2 daughters who I pray will grow and remain close through the years. I tell them they are a team and to rely on each other.

Family is wonderful blessing!

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Ruth said...

I have one sister and count it a privilege to be together. We live apart but cherish the visits that bring us close. I love the quote from
My Lady of the Chimney. I want his Spirit to use my hands often.
Thanks for your sharing the riches you have in family.

Pamela said...

How fun to have so many sisters. I treasure the one I have. We were together for a week earlier this month and each moment was precious. The hand picture is precious. I sure you will treasure it. What a beautiful quote to add to it.

Heather said...

A sister is such a special blessing. I have a younger sister that I love to pieces!

VBR said...

my comment may be a week late, but it is heartfelt. what a magnificent tribute to your sisters, you and your mother. she must be so proud of her girls. just magnificent.

Jenny said...

I love that hand photo. Such a brilliant idea!

Thanks for sharing your special sisters with us!

You look like a fun and loving bunch!


Deb Ho :=D said...

I have no sisters, my daughter has no sisters, and now my grandaugher has no sisters. But God provides the nicest gals to take their places and one of my favorites is your sister Helen. We spent several days together last month and realized it's been 50 years since we met! She has been such a blessing to me and I love her to pieces! :=D