228350_1941585788855_1518753172_2133154_3051470_nOver the years you may or may not have the fantastic experience of enjoying the relationship siblings will give you. Don’t be alarmed if you weren’t born with any, because life has a way of giving them to you in non-blood ways. By blood, I have 1 full sister, 1 half  sister, and 2 half brothers. I am, of course, closest to my full blood sister, Brandi, who I spent nearly every day of my life with since age two. My parents divorced shortly after she was born, however, and somewhere around age four my momma remarried. My step dad gave me one step brother and three step sisters. When I was ten, mythm_phpYGGan5 daddy remarried, and my step momma gave me two step sisters. These are the ones I grew up with on some basis or another. Truth be told, I wasn’t really close to any of my step siblings  until later on in my life when I connected with two step sisters on a rather good level and my step brother. You would think that was it, but trust me when I say it wasn’t.

I was only 18 years old when I married my husband, and I was given plenty of in-laws: one brother-in-law and five sister-in-laws to be exact. I SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAlove all my sibling-in-laws, but of these I am most close (and that’s pretty close) to Cory, who is my husband’s only full blooded sister. The fun doesn’t end there, because I officially adopted two new “brothers.” Ok, so these two guys aren’t really my brothers, but they’re some of mine and my husband’s best friends. I began a joke that one of them was my brother, and it soon seemed like both of them really were. In fact, they’re whole family adopted me, and in turn, my whole family. We don’t really have family up here in New Jersey, but it really seems as though we do because craZY 072of the kindness, generosity, and more that these family has shown us. and so, I found two brothers on my own through unconventional means, and got a good hundred or more family members in the bargain.

The fact is that no matter which way you look at it, I come from a big family. If you include every one of my siblings- with in-laws and ‘adopted’ thrown in- I have a whopping 12 sisters and 6 brothers. Traditionally, I have 7 sisters and 3 brothers.

167965_10150094096500747_667140746_6176259_3399877_nSiblings are one of God’s greatest gifts. They are friends, enemies, someone to help out and someone to compete with. You grow up fighting,  but God forbid anyone else fights with one of you because in the end they’ll have to face both (or all) of you. Older siblings are heroes, people to look up to, and people to protect you. Younger siblings are people who look up to, people that you protect, and people to worry over like a mother hen. You see, that’s the interesting thing. Siblings are an all-in-one sort of deal. The ones you end up closest to later on in life are usually the ones that you fought the most with as a child. Take for example Brandi. We fought like two cats in a burlap sack when we were children, but we’ve always been as close as sisters could possibly be. Another good example is my sister-in-law, SANYO DIGITAL CAMERACory. We didn’t get along at all when I first became a member of the family, and now she’s one of my best, closest friends. In fact, Bobby sometimes jokes that I stole his sister.

I have siblings I don’t ever talk to…quite a few of them, actually. Three steps sisters, my half sister, and both of my half brothers are people I can’t even remember the last time I talked to. There’s no real strife…we just don’t talk. Most of them are double my age, so that may have something to do with it. Then there’s a few siblings I talk to once a while- maybe a few times a year or SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAso…this includes a lot of my in-laws, as well as my step brother. The rest I talk to often.

But what is your family like? How many siblings do you have- whether they be full blooded, step, half, or adopted? Do you talk? Do you fight? I really want to know. My siblings are something that have been a constant in my life, who have been my very best friends, and are people I know that I can count on. Is that what you feel  your siblings are like or is it something different for you?

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