Sunday, 16 April 2017

Don't Take Your Siblings For Granted


I'm surprised I haven't written this post already, I'm surprised I didn't write it years ago because it's a topic I've always had at the back of my mind since I can remember. I realise that most people don't take their siblings for granted, they love their siblings unconditionally and are extremely close to them. This post is in no way implying anything different, it's just a little reminder to make sure you don't take your siblings for granted, make sure you cherish them and let them know how important they are to you. Posting this today seemed apt because Tuesday is my sister's 21st birthday and tomorrow is her party. Bethany's 21st birthday is something nobody ever really thought would come when she first came into this world - it was expected that her life would be a brief one. In fact it was only really when she became a teenager that I stopped worrying and I started to believe that actually, she would live a long and happy life. 

When I was younger I resented other children who had siblings. I realise that's an awful thing to say, but it's true. I was jealous that they had a brother or sister that they could play with, that they could grow up with and I hated seeing siblings argue or fight. It made me angry that while I had a little sister who we all loved and cared for so much and who might not make it, that other children would kick and punch their sibling as if they wished them harm. I didn't get it. 

I do get it now. Of course you're going to argue with someone who you live with 24/7 and it would probably be odd if siblings didn't drive each other mad. I probably always got it and was just jealous that I didn't have a sibling to argue and fight with. I am still kind of sad that I never had that, but what I'm extremely happy about is that I had and still do have a little sister to love and care for and who brings me so much happiness. 

It's very easy for me to tell people not to take their siblings for granted because as someone who thought she might not have a sibling at this point in her life, I never take Bethany for granted. It's probably easy to take your sibling for granted if they've always been there, always been healthy and you expect them to be there for a long time. But here's a friendly little reminder to tell your sibling that you love them, spend time with them and appreciate them.

Amy x
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  1. Wishing Bethany an incredibly happy birthday! It's so heartwarming to read a post like this, how much you love her, value her, and appreciate her is so clear! I'm sure that she couldn't wish for a better sister than you! You've been so open and candid about your feelings here, massive respect for you and this post!

    Abbey 😘 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Aw thank you so much for a lovely comment as always Abbey! She had a lovely birthday :) xx

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  2. Happy birthday to Bethany! such a lovely post!

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    1. Thank you! she's had a lovely party and day :) xx

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  3. This is such a beautiful and brave post Amy and you've expressed yourself really well in - it's so obvious how much you love and appreciate your little sister. Happy Birthday to Bethany! I hope you enjoy the celebrations together.
    Sophie xxx
    www.sopharsogood.com

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    1. Thank you so much lovely, that really means a lot. She had a lovely party yesterday and we went out for lunch today :) xx

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  4. Aw I hope your sis had a lovely birthday, well done for being so honest in this post. I'm so happy to say my brother (three years younger than me and almost 21 himself) and I have such a good relationship. Sure we squabble but we're so close and tell each other everything!
    Love Izzy | http://www.adoseofchatter.com

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    1. That's lovely that you and your brother are so close, I love to see a good sibling relationship! xx

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  5. This is such a beautiful and sweet post and thank you for sharing your honest thoughts. She is really lucky to have you and your family and I wish her a Happy Birthday and all the happiness in the world!!!

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. Thank you so much lovely! She's had a great birthday xx

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  6. Happy birthday Bethany! I absolutely love the bond that you have with your sister. As an only child, I love reading posts about siblings!

    Sian x
    http://theenglisheverygirl.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I'm sure you'll have similar bonds with friends, I've read that happens for only children :) Thank you so much lovely xx

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  7. What a lovely blog post Amy and I totally agree to not take siblings for granted!
    Have a wonderful day tomorrow :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Thanks so much Rosanna, hope you have a lovely week xx

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  8. Aww wishing Bethany the happiest birthday ever, hope you guys will have an awesome time together! <3 A big YES to this post, I literally can't imagine my life without my little sister, she's literally my best friend and someone I would do everything for! Family is the most important thing in the world and we must never take it for granted! xx

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    1. That's so lovely that you're so close to your sister, it's so nice to hear! And thank you, she's had a lovely birthday :) xx

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  9. Such a moving post Amy, I hope you enjoy your sisters birthday with her and you are so right.

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Thanks so much Gemma, we had a lovely day celebrating :) xx

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  10. This is a beautiful post Amy and one I can completely understand how you must feel about. I get on very well with my older brother and can never understand how others can argue so badly with their siblings! I have cousins who fell out over with each other a year ago and still haven't spoken to patch things up!!

    aglassofice.com
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    1. Gosh that's awful! Lovely that you're so close to your brother though, it's so nice to hear! xx

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  11. Aww lovely post and I hope your sister has a wonderful birthday! I have two younger sisters and although they did once try to push me downstairs, I don't think I'd swap them ;P For one thing, they're amazing aunties to my kids and one of them is a hairdresser, so they have their uses!!

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    1. Haha, they do sound like they have their uses! Glad you forgave them! xx

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  12. This was such a sweet post, happy Birthday to Bethany. Hope you will have a wonderful party.

    Nina's Style Blog

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    1. Thank you so much Nina. She had a lovely party thank you :) xx

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  13. What a lovely blog Amy. I can appreciate how frustrating it must have been for you at times to not be able to do what you saw other siblings do but I also know how much love and joy Bethany brings your entire family. I can also see how much you love and care about her. I hope she has had a most fantastic 21st birthday xx

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    1. Thank you so much Wendy! She definitely does bring us so much love and joy! Hope you're really well xx

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  14. Such a touching post, Amy! Your sister is so lucky to have you in her life. I have an older half-brother, and while we don't talk much, I'm so grateful for him and wish him nothing but the best. This post really helped me look at the big picture of things. Have a wonderful week xx

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.com

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    1. Thanks so much Edye. I'm glad you're thankful for your brother, it's a shame you don't get to talk much! xx

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  15. Oh this is so so lovely Amy. It must have been so difficult and worrying not knowing if Bethany was going to make it, I can't even begin to imagine! I definitely took my brother for granted until we were in our 20's and became super close. Hope Bethany had an amazing day!

    Elle
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    1. I'm glad you're so close to your brother :) She did have an amazing day thank you! xx

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  16. Happy 21st Birthday Bethany!! Such a brilliant post Amy, My sisters are my best friends and I wouldn't have it any other way

    Holly xx
    www.hollysbeautybox.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much Holly, I'm so glad you count them as your best friends! xx

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  17. I hope your sister enjoyed her birthday lovely! Yes it's so important, having siblings is such a blessing and only something i began to realise as I got older! Always appreciate my siblings now and show them too! :)

    Heather Xx
    100waysto30.co.uk

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  18. Beautiful post and I hope that your sister had an amazing birthday :)

    Steph xx

    Steph's World | Lifestyle Blog | www.stephsworld.com

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