The love of a sibling is such a powerful thing. I have such an amazing support system in my brother and sisters. I know at any time I can call them and they will be there for me. Despite being miles and miles apart I always feel them close. Most of my best childhood memories has one of my siblings in it.
The other day when I was picking Collin up from school this subject came up. There is a sweet sister who comes to school with her brother when the nurse can not come. Her WONDERFUL mother has adopted eight children with disabilities. The teacher and I were telling her what an amazing sister she is and how lucky John is to have her. Then I looked over at Regan playing on the ground with another one of his classmates. I then looked at the sister and asked her “Do you ever wish it was different?” Yes, I know a silly question but this was the hardest part for Jason and I when we decided to have another child… the burden that they would have to carry. She replied “No, not for a second.. Look at her.” while pointing to Regan. “Do you think she would be that compassionate to a “special” child if it weren’t for her brother. I am happy that I don’t know any different.” I was so grateful for her answer. I knew what she would say because she is so devoted and loving to her siblings but I needed to hear it from a sister that has been doing it for twenty years and wouldn’t change it.
When I got home I started watching my sweet kids together. Regan has been VERY affectionate with Collin this week. She is such an amazing sister. She has stepped up to this very hard and demanding role with such a sweet spirit and love for her brother. I can’t believe that I ever questioned what it would do to a future child to be Collin’s sibling. It took us four years to have another child. One because TTD is genetic and two because we were afraid of the burden they would be handed the to them day that they came into this earth. I can not believe that I ever questioned what Collin’s sibling would be like. She is learning to live and love from a perfect example. Collin truly is the definition of the true love of Christ.