Monday, July 30, 2007


I will leave my sister tomorrow (Tuesday) to return back to Atlanta, but I thought would emotionally prepare myself for having to leave her by talking to you siestas in blogland :)

We've 5 years apart, and have always been close (maybe due to that age difference or the fact that my younger brother would have been pulling out my pig-tails while I was tattling on him). lol. I hate telling her 'goodbye,' for several reasons that include the following: 1) I don't know when I'll get to see her again...maybe not until Christmas 2) She's the best sister you could ever have. She knows what I'm thinking, and we have no need to complete each other's sentences. We don't have to - we already know the other's thoughts. We laugh the same ... sound the same ... and past that, are as different as one could be from the other.

So, if you'll forgive me for the lack of creative writing, and bear with my list-format, I'll share some of the highlights about my vacation here in Clearwater, FL with you spiritual sisters :)
1) I loved that she came out to meet me with camera in hand late Tuesday evening when I arrived. She just had to capture her younger sister driving the Budget truck so that she could laugh for weeks to come.
2) I loved my new sleeping partner. She keeps me warm, weighs 55 lbs., and thus made a great 'spooning' buddy :) I introduce you to Bailey:

3) I loved going to Downtown Disney while my sister enjoyed her favorite activity of pin-trading. It's quite a sight to see ladies. I got the total giggles of the hard-core commitment of these Disney collectible pin fans. We ended the evening by eating at Wolfgang Puck's at Downtown Disney. Ohhh so good!

I also was introduced to Ghirardelli chocolate at Disney. Can someone please tell me how I've made it through life without ever having had them?! Holy stinking cow!

4) I loved going to Sea World with her and her friends. I am a roller-coaster lover if there ever was one. Sure the weather was hot; sure we walked around soaking wet (everything) for hours after a water-ride b/c my sister and I just had to have the front row seats on this particular ride; sure we ate the park out of its food because you work up an appetite from all that walking; sure you aren't the biggest fan of that 'park' look (the 'I need a shower in a bad way, but am having too much fun to care' look); and sure your hands are gross after feeding the dolphins and seals fish. And of course, if you don't think that Shamu is your new bff by the time you leave, you might need to spend a few more hours there before you leave.

5) I loved watching The Cosby Show with her before we go to bed, and giggling way too late into the night.

6) I loved dancing in the car to all of our favorite songs.

I've missed you girlfriends. And I'll be posting soon about a word the Lord has given me. But for now, I love the fact that I have 192 blog posts to catch up on according to my bloglines. ONE HUNDRED NINETY-TWO! You siestas can do some work in a week!!! LOL! PS - If you are a blogger, and don't use bloglines, PLEASE click on the link! Your life will be changed and you'll save yourself a lot of time checking in with other people's blogs. (Thank you Mandy for introducing me to it and making me more blog cool.)

Shamu says 'peace out' :)


Kristen said...

Loved this post. I have two dear sisters and fortunately we all live in the same town. We are 42 (me), 40, & 38 - my mom always says she has to wait to see what we are going to talk about when we call because we sound so much alike.

I am so glad you had a wonderful time w/ your sister. I am sure it will be hard to leave tomorrow. Have a safe trip home.
God Bless,

Linda said...

I'm so glad to read that you had a great time with your sister. I know it is hard to say good-bye. I pray you have a safe trip back and looking forward to read what the Lord has put on your heart.

Little Steps Of Faith said...

I am glad you had a great time here in FL:) God is awesome isn't He:)


Boy & Girl said...

oh so fun!! okay you've got to run out at buy a ghiradelli cake mix/brownie mix. so good!!

Teri said...

Loving the list of fun stuff you and your sister got to do! That dog looks so cute! So glad you got some sister rocks! Have a safe trip home siesta!

Heather said...

Glad you had a great time with your sis! I always love spending time with my 'little' brother. He's 8 years younger ... we fought like crazy when we were both home but once I moved on we became so close!

mandy said...

are you kidding!!!!???? we BOTH know that you are the one that makes ME more cool!!!
and ghirardelli??? i'm so sorry! i feel like i should personally apologize! i mean, what's a BFF good for if not for introducing you to the BEST delicacies of chocolate known to womankind!?!?
i LOVE the pics. wow.... i'm so glad you got that time with her. makes me happy!
i need more pics. :)

Lisa said...

Shelly - I am so glad you are having such a great time with your sister. I don't have a sister and always wanted one. I have a younger brother (12 years younger)and I am very thankful that we are close, but I still always wanted a sister.
I love the picture of Shamu - my son REALLY thinks it is cool! And, did you know that you can get Ghiradelli chocolates at WalMart of all places? Yep, in the candy aisle. I love the ones with the caramel in the middle. YUMMO!
Blessings for a safe trip!

Jen the Newlywed said...

Sisters are wonderful, wonderful things to have! :) We've missed you friend!

Heather said...

ps ... be careful going home!

Christina said...

So glad you had such an awesome time with your sister!!!! Loved the update and pics!!!! :-)

Deedra said...

So glad you guys are having a great time!! I have 2 sisters and love spending some girl time with them every chance we get!

Have a safe trip home!

ang baylis said...

Hi Shelly!

You're probably home or on your way home! It sounds like you had a great time with your sister! I LOVE Sea World. You make me want to go there some time in the near future! Bailey is SO cute!

Looking forward to your return to blogland!!
Much love... Tsas Philas!!

p.s. Your comments to me were so sweet and right on! I really needed to hear that one!

connorcolesmom said...

That looks like so much fun!!
You and your sister are so cute!!
Thank you again for the prayer, words of encouragement and scripture!!
God has surrounded me with such love during that event and you are one way He did that :)
Love ya siesta,

Lyndy said...


Sounds like a wonderful visit with your sister. So glad you had this time together.

Praying you have a safe trip back.

Hugs, Lyndy

Sharon said...

I just got back in town so I am playing the catch up game too. Look forward to hear what our DADDY has been telling you.
Also looking forward to hearing some good news about school. I have been praying about that.

Amy Kate said...

Oh how fun...and sad. My sister and I are 5 years apart too (I'm the oldest) and it's always strange and kind of sad when one of us is gone. I've never been to sea world but always wanted to go...looks like tons of fun! Hope you have a great week back up here in the ATL.

Shae said...

You and Sheila!! How precious. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that you had some great sister time. There is nothing like having a sister that's also your best and dearest friend. I know that time is priceless to you.

On another note, I need to call you. I appreciate all of your comments on my blog. They are so encouraging and so good for my heart. We must get together is too short!

Thanks for the tip on bloglines too. I'll have to check it out :) Love you girl!

Lindsee said...

I don't think you understand the love I have for Shamu. No kidding.

Did y'all go to "Blue Horizons" the dolphin show? My mom's best friend works there and is the VP of entertainment, anyway, he created that show. So fun.

Seaworld is my favorite place. The Florida one is best.

Okay, enough about Sea World...glad you had fun with your sister! I've always wanted one just for times like that! :)


jennyhope said...

i am so glad you got to hang with your sis! you could never look bad in a pic for real!

Heather said...

We call his belly his 'budda belly'. It's hard for me to believe he is in the 15% for weight and height with the belly he has! :P

The Preacher's Wife said...

what a fun life you have! you are so blessed to have that kind of sister relationship...

love ya!


holy chaos said...

what a blessing to have sucj a great sister!

i love roller coasters

can't wait to hear your word. : )

jennyhope said...

Where is my Shelly? Still praying about comes on my heart all of the time!

THE SMITHS said...

So glad that you got to spend time with your sister. I can't wait to get together with mine now that school is out... I miss her so much!