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Jennifer Jo Weiss

Happy Siblings Day (4/10)

Did you know that yesterday was National Siblings Day?  Well, OK only about 25 of the 50 states recognized the day as such, but regardless.. I had no clue!  I heard it on TV in the afternoon.  My guess is that it must not be a very publicized holiday... at least not yet anyway. 

I don't know if it was the rain or whatever, but all five of my kids were climbing the walls yesterday.  They should have also received unsatisfactory marks for "not playing well with others".  So much for National Siblings Day.  Now everybody hug!

I only have one sister and always wondered what it would be like to have a brother... or simply more siblings.  Perhaps that curiosity is one reason why I wanted to have several kids???  I do not regret having just one sibling, however.  Not for a minute!  My sister and I are close and I am very thankful for her. I am just saying that larger families have always intrigued me.  Most of us grew up with glimpses into big families and the relationships siblings can share from television or movies; the Walton's, the Ingalls Family from "Little House on the Prairie", the Osmond's, the Brady Bunch, the Partridge Family, the Cosby's, (or my favorite) the Von Trapp children from "The Sound of Music".  All were highly entertaining (at least to me)!

 Even though my husband and I didn't set out with preconceived notions of having a huge family, I can say that I have found it a blessing with benefits!  The kids really do care for one another and as the years go on, they will have each other even when my husband and I are gone.   Yes, I am very happy that my children have several siblings and cousins to interact with.   Family is an awesome thing- especially the bonds between siblings.

So, no matter how many siblings you have (and if you have them, be grateful because some people do not) be sure to tell them how much you love them today and let them know you're certainly glad to have them in your life.  Happy Siblings Day!

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