Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I'm so glad it's You (and not me)!

I am so proud of you!

As most of you know, I have a sister... a twin the hard way. Jenny was born in May 1976, and I followed 18 months later in November of '77. Mom's plans for matching outfits while we were toddlers did nothing to break our paths for individuality in high school. Jenny could sit at a piano and play any song beautifully by sight, I had to practice for hours for a small sticker reluctantly given by our piano teacher. In middle school, Jenny was a natural on the sports field, playing on the starting line-up from volleyball to soccer. I occasionally won a "coaches' award" for having a positive attitude while bench warming. I worked on making straight A's while Jenny worked at the Cookie Company at the Mall. Where I advanced in school, she advanced in fashion (and so many other areas!) While I was traveling to huts in Africa, Jenny was attending galas as a manager at Tiffany's. Neither path was better, just different...

And then we had boys. Almost exactly one year apart...
Drew is 3. Austin is 2.
And we are suddenly more alike than we would have ever admitted.
We love our boys more than we thought possible, and being a mom to a toddler is one of the most difficult assignments we have ever faced, and yet the most rewarding.
When we talk on the phone now we talk about our prayers for our families, that Bible verses that God is putting on our hearts, and our struggles.
Our mission is the same: following God in the midst of motherhood

So, Jenny, congratulations on your new publication in MomSense Magazine. I want everyone to read it - the article by Jennifer Dunlap (that's my sister!)

Jenny with Austin (2006)


mom2drew said...

ummmm... I don't know what to say, except that you kinda made me want to cry (in a good way), and then write something really sappy about you. Watch out. It's coming...

The Agarwals said...

Ah- what a great article! I read MomSense all the time! Now how fun to have a connection with one of the authors! :-) Thanks for sharing!