A few years ago, when my family was visiting my aunt, Patricia, for Thanksgiving, we were all around the kitchen talking, and out of the blue, Patricia asks my sister and me, "Are you girls best friends?" We stop for a moment, taken off guard, look at each other, and smiling simultaneously answered, "Yes!" I love being best friends with my sister!
Over the weekend, Emily came out to Provo for her music audition, and got to stay with me for a couple of days, and it was a blast! I got to play the Proud Parent role, and tell everyone that Emily was my sister. I went up to campus with her Saturday morning, and stayed with her throughout the whole audition process. When she was practicing before her playing audition, I was sitting outside the room doing some homework, and this student (he looked like a BYU student) walked by, glanced in the direction of Emily's practice room, and smiled at me. He made a second go-around a few minutes later, and this time he went up to the door of the practice room, looking in the small window at Emily playing her virtuoso pieces. I put my head around the corner, and proudly tell him, "That's my sister! I think she's amazing!" I'm SO proud of her!
This is us in the warehouse of the dinosaur museum (courtesy of Katelyn's geology-major brother)--you can't really see the bones too well in the background
Emily came into Provo late Friday morning, and so we got to hang out all Friday afternoon, all Saturday, and Sunday morning, and I had such a fun time. Especially being away from my family for the majority of the year, realizing really how much I love them, it was such a blessing to be with Emily this weekend, and to be with her and support her for her piano audition. I was afraid that her coming out would derail me in my attempts to conquer my homesickness, but was surprised when I felt more strengthened by her visit than sad about her leaving. The bond of sisters is a great one, and one for which I am eternally grateful. We took multiple self portraits, and just had a fun time being best friends.