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Sometimes this Happens – Part 1

One day, my Hubby showed me this picture…

It shows Autumn Joy (6 years old) and Alexis, aka Lexy (3 years old), sleeping with their arms wrapped around each other.

I was certain the picture was staged.  So I asked Hubby, “Is this for real, or did they pose?”  “It’s for real,” he shot back.

I was touched to my core and my heart melted.

You’d have to know the relationship that exists between Autumn Joy and Alexis (Lexy) to really appreciate the photo above.

Fun "playing" chess after church

But first, let’s back up for a moment…

My three teens (Jonathan, 16; Josiah, 15; and Angel, 13) have always been three peas in a pod.

John's Kindergarten Graduation

They have always gotten along very well and have never spent much time rivaling or fighting with each other.

"Three Musketeers" at Disney World

Sure, they’ve had (and continue to have) their moments, and Jon and Siah have tried to “throw blows” once or twice (years ago), but this was a rare occurrence, and when it happened, their actions were met with swift and stern disapproval and discipline from their father and I.

"Wanna Be" Gangsta John with his Side Kicks

I used to hear other parents say all the time that their kids fight and squabble endlessly.  I used to observe it as well; but because of my reality, I heard what they were saying but I never really felt their pain.

Well, I’m in a lot of pain now. With Autumn and Lexy, I’ve got sibling rivalry in spades!

They squabble about anything and everything: their toys; their clothes; space taken up on the couch; or simply the fact that the other person is breathing air.  What gives?

Fighting over a hula hoop

It’s enough to make a grown person cry!  And it does make me cry…

And scream!

And shout!

And rip out my hair,

Pluck out my beard,

Tear my clothes,

Lay in sackcloth,

And rub ashes on my forehead.

(Okay, I’ve e gone too far, but you get the point.)

Why it’s happening now, and did not happen with my three teens?  I don’t know.  All I can say it that’s it’s happening, and all I can do is to “weather the storm,” intervene with love, (painfully respond with some of the actions cited above) and pray it out.

So, when I see a picture of the two of them sleeping with their arms wrapped around each other, it does my heart good.  A world of good.

It helps me refocus, exhale and know that all is not lost.

Car seats can not keep sisters apart

Then I get up and go glue the hair back into my scalp.

From the Scriptures

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother (or sister) is born for adversity.” ~Proverbs 17:17  (Words in parentheses added by Tiffiney.)

Quotes to live by:

Sibling relationships…outlast marriages, survive the death of parents, and resurface after quarrels that would sink any friendship. They flourish in a thousand incarnations of closeness and distance, warmth, loyalty and distrust. ~Erica E. Goode, The Secret World of Siblings

Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk. ~Susan Scarf Merrell

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