Celebrating the Beauty of a Big Sister

When I look at my two girls together, I am overcome with gratitude that they are both my daughters and that they love each other so well. Lately I have been particularly struck by how caring and helpful Zinashi is to Elvie, and what a huge difference that has made for our whole family as we have navigated Elvie’s medical care this past year. Zinashi’s sacrifices for her sister have been numerous, and yet she is not reluctant to make them. As Elvie moves from babyhood to toddlerhood, her desire to be near Zinashi and to emulate her have only intensified, and it makes me happy to see this happening. Zinashi receives her sister’s advances with tolerance and grace, and my heart swells with pride that my first daughter is so good to her baby sister.

Today we celebrate three years of Zinashi being in our family. We celebrate so many things about her, and are so thankful for her, but I am taking time out here to celebrate her role as big sister. In my opinion, and in Elvie’s I am quite certain, she is the very best big sister that a little sister could ask for. You can see in the photos of the two of them together how beautiful their relationship is. Here are twenty of my favorite sister moments from the past year.

  • Elvie Thinks Her Big Sister is the BEST

    Elvie Thinks Her Big Sister is the BEST

  • A little sister that is adored...

    A little sister that is adored...

    …is a little sister that will grow to adore her big sister.

  • Teaching Elvie what's funny

    Teaching Elvie what's funny

    Underwear on your head? Totally funny. Elvie agrees.

  • Reading together in bed

    Reading together in bed

    Pajama time is the best time.

  • The two cutest reindeer

    The two cutest reindeer

    They had so much holiday fun.

  • Happy moments

    Happy moments

    Snuggled together.

  • Zinashi was Elvie's favorite hospital visitor.

    Zinashi was Elvie's favorite hospital visitor.

    She always brought the best books and toys.

  • Mutual admiration

    Mutual admiration

    It doesn’t matter where you are – the most beautiful setting or a dreary hospital room – sister love makes everything brighter.

  • Who's the best birthday pal?

    Who's the best birthday pal?

    Elvie says, “My big sister is!”

  • Goofing off is their specialty.

    Goofing off is their specialty.

    They teach each other new goofy tricks every day.

  • The sweetness is palpable.

    The sweetness is palpable.

    They love to be close to one another.

  • Sister time at the park

    Sister time at the park

    Zinashi loves to help Elvie do anything she wants to do.

  • Sometimes Elvie tries to help Zinashi.

    Sometimes Elvie tries to help Zinashi.

    And sometimes the “help” isn’t that helpful, but Zinashi is patient while Elvie learns.

  • Isn't Zinashi's lap a foot rest?

    Isn't Zinashi's lap a foot rest?

    If they can’t hold hands, a foot on the lap is good enough.

  • General hilarity

    General hilarity

    When these two are together, a good case of the giggles isn’t far off.

  • Zinashi is so tender with Elvie.

    Zinashi is so tender with Elvie.

    This one makes my heart swell to bursting.

  • Summer sisters

    Summer sisters

    They can lean on each other.

  • Their morning hangouts are legendary.

    Their morning hangouts are legendary.

    Even when we travel, they like to hang out together for a little while before they start the day.

  • Elvie has claimed Zinashi's lap.

    Elvie has claimed Zinashi's lap.

    If it’s available, she’ll scoot into it and make herself at home.

  • Now that Zinashi can read, Elvie is her favorite audience.

    Now that Zinashi can read, Elvie is her favorite audience.

    And likewise Zinashi is Elvie’s favorite reader.

  • They love each other completely.

    They love each other completely.

    And they’ll seal it with a kiss.

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