Friday, May 15, 2009

Celebrating My Sisters!

ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS!!

Earlier in the week I had a special guest blogger - Dondi Scumaci.
Today we are giving away two of her books!
Congratulations to the following winners!!

1. Belles Blog ~ You Win Dondi's Book- Designed for Success.
2. Danette ~ You Win - Read, Set...Grow!

Please email me your address information so we can get your prize out to you!
Thank you for comments and participation!

AND NOW...

Continuing with this month's theme of CELEBRATING, HONORING AND ENCOURAGING the women in our lives...I want to take the time today to CELEBRATE Mi Hermana's!!

In previous blogs I have mentioned that I come from a family of 7 children.
There are 5 girls and 2 boys in our clan.

With my mom being a military wife and then a widow...the older girls had the great joy of helping take care of us little ones (my brother's and I)...especially me since I was the precious baby!

My sisters were my babysitter's, my playmate's and later in life two of them took on the sudden role of becoming my place of shelter and protection.

Because of my sister's...

* I know all about Disco! I remember often watching some of my sisters get all fixed up to go out dancing...oh how I would beg for them to take me with them...ha, ha...I was in elementary school and could not understand why they would not let me join them!!

Because of my sister's...

* I have a love for a variety of music because of my exposure to musicians like Carole King, The Beatles, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac, Doobie Brothers, Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel, Moody Blues, Gino Vanelli, The Bee Gee's, Donna Summer, The Commodores and lets not forget The Osmond's and Bobby Sherman!! LOL!

Because of my sister's...

I have discovered some great recipes and tasted some wonderful treats! They are all great cooks and bakers!!

Because of a sister...

* I got a job at a clothing boutique...had the opportunity to meet and work with some pretty amazing women - each of them poured into my life so much kindness, and wisdom!! The whole experience was a provision of God!

Because of a sister...

* I had the opportunity during my high school years to attend an amazing Church and go to Christian concerts. I had never heard worship and the message of Christ presented like that. The message and the music gave me hope and is where I began my journey with Christ!

Growing up with these gals was always an educational and learning experience.
Sometimes I learned from their personal choices and difficult journeys...other times I learned from their unselfish giving and provision.

I am grateful for my sister's, our family and our birth order.

If I had been the first born in my family - my name today would be - Delia Irma Ibarra Smith!
What about being born second?
Today you would be reading something written by:
Herminia (Mini) Ibarra Benavides!!

Love those sister's of mine!!

Take the time this weekend to CELEBRATE your sister's...leave them a tribute on my blog, send them a card or go visit them and tell them in person how much they are loved!!

And remember...if your sister is in a hurry and leaves without saying good-bye...then girl she is wearing your jewelry!!

Live Inspired,

Vern



This blog story is an excerpt from my CELEBRATION Message...for more information on booking me for a ladies event go to my Topics page to read more and the Contact page for booking information. Thank You!

3 comments:

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

Oh, I love your celebrating sisters message. I didn't grow up with any sisters, but was blessed when my brother married my best friend...now I have that sister. :) Such a special bond that my daughters are developing as well.
That was a fun read...for all sisters (blood or not:)

Jenn said...

I love this! The love you have for your sisters is quiet evident...and beautiful!

I am very blessed to have a little sister. I was 6.5 when she was born and I can still remember how terribly excited I was the night my dad came in to tell me I had a baby sister!! OH!! A sister!!! I didn't sleep the rest of that night! Sarah Elizabeth was born!

Sarah and I grew up being very close. She has been my best friend and closest confidant. We have cried together, laughed together, vented together, prayed together and shared secrets together. I can't imagine life without her. I'm so very grateful for the Lord knowing how much I would need her and for sending her to me.

I am so blessed...

Anonymous said...

I finally was able to read your blog about us (sisters). What memories we cherish!!! I love you dearly baby sister...even though you are taller than me and yes i love your jewelry too! What a blessing it is to have a large family with different styles of life, but the love is there for each other. i pray God continues to watch over each of us and our families today and always! Love, Second oldest sister, Mini Benavides

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