While this time of the year is a season full of joy, it's also has a tinge of sadness. We remember those that we love that are no longer with us, and we miss them. Even though my sister Kathy lost her battle against breast cancer in 2001 (our mom went on to glory just the year before) I still miss her everyday, but mostly during this time. You see, she was not just my sister, she was my other mother, and my friend. She was the oldest girl (child #2) and I was the youngest of 6, so she pretty much helped raise me, especially during my teen years. This is my very favorite picture of her.
Not only was she a great sister, she was the best auntie ever! All the kids loved her. She was their teacher, confidant, head camp counselor, and friend. In this picture we were waiting for the start of a Memorial Day Parade. In the wagon we have Aaron, Janine, my Amanda, then Kathy and Nick. In the back we have Andy, Jason, my Joshua, and my Greg. She had just turned 50 the year she passed, much too young to leave us. I miss you Kakie...Merry Christmas.