Today is my older sister's birthday. I know I have blogged about her before, but I will again because it is her day today! She was born in 1970. She died at the age of 2 from a liver defect that she was born with. She was the oldest child in my family and she died before the rest of us were born. However, she has been and still is a huge part of our family. We are taught, and I fully believe, that families are forever. This is not "till death do us part." This is forever. What we build together here, stays with us when we leave. I know my sister is waiting for me and my family. I know that she is there, cheering me on, waiting for the time when we will all be reunited. Katie's life on this earth was very short. Her short life led my parents to the truth of the gospel. That truth, shaped them and brought them closer to Christ. They taught us and raised us with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Four of us served missions for our church. We served in Guatemala, Honduras, Argentina, Chile and Ireland. While serving, we were able to teach many more about the Savior. Now we are married and have our own families. We are teaching our children to follow Christ. My parents now have 29 grandchildren. One little life, one pure spirit of our Heavenly Father, an angel sent to earth for a brief moment, has been the starting point for so many people looking to the Savior and finding truth, peace, hope and strength. For me, one of the most beautiful truths of the gospel is that families are forever. There are days when life is hard - kids are fighting, some one is hurting, stress is high, there is sickness and loss. Some days it would be easy to just throw in the towel and walk away. But knowing that this is forever, helps me get through those times. It gives me hope and strength that there is a purpose to all of this. It gives me endurance to ride out the storm. I know that my family is forever. There is no trial, no hardship, no person that can take that away. The loved ones we lose here in this life will be with us again. When I look at my family, I am overwhelmed with gratitude that these people that I love so much will be with me forever. Our love will continue on after this life and that makes my heart happy.
So to my sister, Katie - Happy Birthday and thank you for your life that brought light to mine.