Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Gift of a Sibling

A brother is a friend given by Nature.



“We are not only our brother's keeper; in countless large and small ways, we are our brother's maker.”

~Bonaro Overstreet


Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk.

~Susan Scarf Merrell



  1. Precious! My oldest two kids are a daughter, and then my first son born 17 months later. They are so close, and I have a hard time finding a photo of one without the other, especially in that baby and toddler stage. Sophia and James will surely be a blessing to each other as they grow up together.

  2. These pictures are so precious!! Absolutley adorable!

  3. Oh my goodness... what a beautiful photo essay. thank you for sharing, Bethany.

  4. Bethany,

    These pictures are absolutely adorable! James looks SO happy in each of his pictures. He's such a lucky brother to have a sister like Sophia. =)

  5. You must love seeing this, as an only child. I'm an only myself, and I know that if we ever have children, I want to have more than one.

  6. This is kind off topic, but I was wondering how you manage something such as unloading groceries after a trip to the store. I have a hard enough time with one toddler and an attached garage, how do you do it with two kids and a (is it 3rd story?) condo?

  7. Val - It does make it really special. My husband is an only child, too, and we just marvel at the fact that our two babies already share something that we will never experience. It's beautiful and bittersweet.

    NurseBee- I take both kids upstairs, settle Sophia down with a snack and video and leave James in his carseat. Then, I go down and unload everything that's perishable. If James is fine, then I get the rest of the groceries, but if he's crying at that point (which he usually is) I wait until they are both napping before bringing the rest up. It's tricky and requires some discipline on my part not to get impatient and frustrated, but it works.

  8. Bethany,

    A religion teacher Ben had during our undergraduate gave us good advice when he found out we were marrying. He told us to have a child, and then have another. His point being: one of the best gifts we could give our child(ren) is a sibling, a companion, a playmate, and lifelong friend. I think it's excellent advice, and is shown so sweetly in these photos.


  9. Such beautiful pictures. Seeing the bond between siblings reminds me that I should be grateful my parents had six of them for me-so many precious memories I could just as easily be without. The gift of a sibling truly is the greatest one you can give your child.


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