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A Story of Sisters

by Meghann on May 8, 2011

Today is a special day!

Not only is it Mother’s Day..

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Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

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And Happy Mother’s Day, to all my mom and soon-to-be mommy friends! πŸ™‚

BUT, it’s my also little sister’s 24th Birthday!

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Happy Birthday Kelly!!

Yes, we already celebrated on Friday, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve another shout! πŸ™‚

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Someone had asked in the comments on Friday if Kelly and I had always been close or if our BFF relationship was recent. Well, the truth is that, yes, we’ve had the standard sisterly arguments and falling outs over the years, but through that time we’ve also always been close.

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Admittedly, even though we were only two years apart in age, I always saw Kelly as my ‘little’ sister growing up. It’s amazing how big that two year age gap seemed in elementary school! We shared the same room, had similar interests, but she had her friends and I had mine.

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Things changed when Kelly entered high school. It was then that the two year age gap didn’t seem as big of a deal. Our friends started to become mutual friends and all of a sudden we were invited to the same parties, ate at the same lunch tables, and attended school dances in the same group.

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My sister stopped being my ‘little’ sister and became one of my best friends.

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When I left for Florida State, Kelly and I remained as close as we had become in high school. The first couple of years were hard for me on a personal standpoint. I had A LOT of growing up to do and somehow Kelly knew that (she was always much wiser beyond her years than I was). Even though she was four hours away, she was always there for me.

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And occasionally she would come to visit.

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Even celebrating her 18th birthday in Tallahassee with us!

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When it was time for Kelly to choose schools, she could have easily joined Josh at UF in Gainesville or attend FSU with me in Tallahassee.

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She picked me! .. err.. I mean she picked FSU and I got my sister in Tallahassee with me!

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We saw each other every week.

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Going to bars together, weekly Tuesday night dinners (I cooked), concerts, shopping, football games, falling in love, falling out of love, etc.

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Having my Sister in Tallahassee was like having 24/7 access to my best friend. πŸ™‚

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When I graduated in 2007 I stayed in Tallahassee. It’s where I found a job, it’s where my boyfriend was at the time, and I wasn’t ready to leave my sister yet.

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That year was tough. Really tough. It would have been even harder without Kelly. She was there when no one else was, talking with me for hours on end, giving advice when needed, and encouraging me when changes needed to be made. She was by my side when I decided to start losing weight and she held my hand as I crossed the finish line of my first 5k.

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When I left Tallahassee and moved to Orlando, Kelly still had one year left at school. It was hard having my sister so far away, but it just made the visits that much more fun.

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In 2008 I had this silly idea of starting a little blog. I kept it hidden from my family at first, but slowly my little secret trickled out. I thought Kelly would laugh, but she didn’t, instead she became my number one fan – reading everyday and obsessively pressing refresh.

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Suddenly, I wasn’t the only one with the running fever. Kelly caught the bug too.

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We started to run together when we visited each other, and when Kelly moved to Orlando in 2009 I was excited to finally have a training buddy for the Disney Marathon.

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And what do you know? Kelly has a blog now too.

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Kelly is more than a sister, she’s my best friend. She knows me better than anyone else in the world and I’m so thankful to have a sister as wonder as she is. I hope to one day have two little girls who are just as close as Kelly and I are.

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Happy Birthday, Kelly!

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Here’s to another year of being wise, healthy, and happy. Soak it in girl! You deserve it!

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1 Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope May 8, 2011 at 9:04 am

aaww, that was so nice. makes me miss my sister. we live miles and miles apart. She’s in Boston, while I am in Florida!
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2 maria @ Chasing the N0w May 8, 2011 at 9:06 am

This was so sweet Meghann. I always wanted a sister and some of my sorority sisters certainly felt more like biological ones, but it seems you have a very special bond.

3 Kelly May 8, 2011 at 9:08 am

Aww, this is super sweet. My sister and I are also 2 years apart in age, and she is my best friend in the world!! It’s so cool that you guys are both into the same things and have so much to share. Happy birthday Kelly!

4 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet May 8, 2011 at 9:16 am

Aw Happy Birthday Kelly!

This was such a sweet post, and I’m sure your sister appreciates it πŸ™‚

Now you’re making me wish I had a sister!
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5 Kelly May 8, 2011 at 9:27 am

Haha! Proof that we didn’t always go to bed early on Friday nights for Saturday long runs. πŸ™‚ Thank you for the birthday post. I love you too!
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6 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 8, 2011 at 9:28 am

what a wonderful tribute to sisterly love.

So beautiful to see especially for someone who lost her sister. Happy Birthday Kelly! πŸ™‚

7 melissa May 8, 2011 at 9:47 am

such a cute post! I love cookie cake!

8 Nikki May 8, 2011 at 9:47 am

I may or may not have teared up just a little! I wish my sister and I had a relationship like that! How awesome. Happy birthday Kelly!

9 Leah May 8, 2011 at 9:50 am

Seriously, a beautiful post! I live an ocean away from my sister (she’s in Canada, i’m in England) and we are close as well so this post really touched me! Happy Birthday Kelly!
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10 Lauren @ Sassy Molassy May 8, 2011 at 9:53 am

Aw, I love sibling stories like that. I like that most of us are able to grow out of that young phase where we really dislike our siblings. It’s so much better to have a close relationship with someone who knows so much about you and shares your genes.
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11 Little Bookworm May 8, 2011 at 9:53 am

Such a sweet post!
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12 alison May 8, 2011 at 9:56 am

Happy Birthday to Kelly!
I think it’s great that you have such a wonderful sister/friend.
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13 Lee May 8, 2011 at 9:59 am

I think it’s great that you and Kelly (and your whole family really) are so close. My sister is 12 years younger than me so growing up, I always felt like she was a little kid. She’s in college now, so we’re closer but I always wish we’d been closer in age.
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14 Lauren May 8, 2011 at 10:01 am

That was SO sweet! I love sisters!

My sister and I are 5 years apart (she’s younger), and despite our age difference we’ve always been very close. We live about 9 hours away from each other, and with our busy schedules we don’t get to see each other as much as I’d like. When we do see each other, though, it’s very special. I treasure those times.

Happy birthday to Kelly!
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15 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 8, 2011 at 10:11 am

What a nice post about your sister! I feel the same way — all of a sudden my younger sisters stopped being my “little sisters” and are now my friends!
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16 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 8, 2011 at 10:12 am

So sweet! Happy birthday, Kelly! Sisters are the best πŸ™‚
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17 Errign May 8, 2011 at 10:13 am

Such a cute post πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday Kelly!
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18 Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans May 8, 2011 at 10:22 am

Happy Birthday Kelly!!
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19 Mimi May 8, 2011 at 10:27 am

Awh, this is cute! I asked that question and this is the perfect answer!

Nothing compares to the relationship with sisters!

20 Kacy May 8, 2011 at 10:41 am

Aw, that’s so sweet. I’ve always waned a sister. It’s like the best relationship you can have I imagine.
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21 Cate May 8, 2011 at 11:02 am

What a nice post! Sisters are awesome. πŸ™‚ My sister and I are almost two years apart and she is certainly one of my best friends. We live far apart but that always makes the time we do get to spend together special.
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22 Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep May 8, 2011 at 11:06 am

This made me tear up a little. Makes me wish I had a sister. Happy Birthday, Kelly!
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23 ~Jessica~ May 8, 2011 at 11:13 am

This is such a beautiful post: the warmth and love between you and your sister radiates through every sentence.

I always thought I had the sweet end of the deal being an only child when I was younger, but now I am rather lonely and wish I had an elder sister looking out for me like you do with Kelly (and vice versa).

Random question: are you the same height? It’s strange because in the early photos you look a lot shorter than Kelly, yet in the more recent ones you appear equal in height. Perhaps it’s just the camera angle πŸ˜‰ Either way you both look gorgeous in all of them.

xxx
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24 Meghann May 8, 2011 at 11:18 am

I’m actually taller than her in the one with the snow (she was on top of the snow and I had sunk down), but now she’s 2in taller than me! I’m the eldest, yet shortest, of the 4 kids.

25 April May 8, 2011 at 11:15 am

This is sweet. Love you two!

26 G May 8, 2011 at 11:16 am

What a wonderful post! I don’t even have a sister but this made me tear up… πŸ™‚

27 Kristen May 8, 2011 at 11:17 am

Aw, you make me wish I had a sister! I never really thought the 2 of you looked alike until looking at all those pictures of the two of you. Now I really see it! Happy birthday Kelly!
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28 Betsy May 8, 2011 at 11:20 am

This made me cry. What a sweet post! It’s so wonderful that you realize how lucky you are to have her. My little sister and I have a 7 year age gap between us, and she used to annoy the crap out of me, but this past year we’ve become very close. I tell everyone she’s one of my best friends and it’s true. I can’t wait for her to get a little older (she’s only 16) so we can start doing all the fun things you and Kelly did/do together!

29 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine May 8, 2011 at 11:37 am

Happy birthday to Kelly!! This is such a sweet tribute post to her. Growing up, I always wished I had a sister- brothers are awesome, but sisters are just different. I love that you two are so close!
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30 Amy May 8, 2011 at 11:42 am

I love this post! I have two sisters – one is my twin, the other is two years younger. I couldn’t imagine life without them and they are my best friends! I hope someday I can have two girls, so they can know how wonderful sisters are. Happy birthday, Kelly!
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31 Diana @ My Little Part May 8, 2011 at 11:53 am

I definitely teared up reading this post. I have been reading both of your blogs for a while now and very recently, Ben’s! I think it’s amazing that your family is so close and have such common interests. I’m an only child but have always wanted a sister!
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32 Emily May 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Today is my sister’s birthday as well! And we are 2 years apart also! Crazay! πŸ™‚ Love this post!

33 Shannon May 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm

So cute! Makes me wish I had a sister.
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34 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) May 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I think it’s great that sisters can become such close friends. Happy birthday, Kelly!
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35 Alaina May 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm

What a lovely post πŸ™‚

I’m an only child so unfortunately, I’m not that close to anyone. But thankfully my mom and her sister were 13 months apart so my aunts kids are like my brothers and sisters. I practically grew up with them. And the oldest is 2 years younger than me. πŸ™‚
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36 Paige @ Running Around Normal May 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Wow what an awesome post! You’re lucky to have your sister – and she’s so lucky to have you too!
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37 Mary May 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm

My sister and I are 5 years apart, and when we were younger that was a lifetime. But those years shrink as you get older and we are also best friends. We even work together now, and we are training for a half marathon together. (My first, and she is just getting back into runnning after having her children). I can’t imagine my life without my sister and best friend. I loved reading your post about you and your sister!

38 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com May 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

A great tribute to sisterhood. Now I miss my sisters even more!!!! One in London, another in Amsterdam. Of course, my mommy dearest too! Waaaaaaa!!!!!
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39 Amrita May 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Hi! I have kinda stupid question – how tall is your sis?

40 Louise May 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm

It’s my little sister’s birthday today, too πŸ™‚

Greetings from Denmark!

41 Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit May 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm

what an adorable story! you’re so lucky to have each other!
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42 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm

SO so sweet!! I LOVE being close with my sisters–it is the bombdotcom πŸ™‚

43 Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm

this is so sweet! It makes me miss my sister. She might decide to come to my school, too! Fingers crossed!
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44 Karolina May 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm

THis is such a sweet post- I’ve followed her blog for a few weeks now, and it’s fun to get a better picture of both of you through the other. Way to be a great big sister!
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45 Katy (The Singing Runner) May 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Awww! This is super sweet!!! πŸ™‚ Makes me wish I had a sibling! Seriously! Being an only child blows sometimes! πŸ˜‰

Happy Birthday to Kelly!!!! πŸ™‚
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46 Maren May 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Such a beautiful post! You guys are so lucky to have each other. I have a younger brother and even though we live across the country from each other every time we get together its like we never lost a minute. Thank you for reminding me how special our relationships are with our siblings πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday Kelly!

47 Sara May 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Awww, this is such a sweet story! Makes me wish I had sister even more.

Happy birthday Kelly!

48 Christine @ Burning It Off May 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Thanks for sharing. I’m also really close to my sister and consider her my best friend so I always love to hear about siblings who are close πŸ™‚

49 Courtney May 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Aww! what a sweet post πŸ™‚ lovin’ the cookie cake πŸ˜€
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50 Hilary May 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm

AWWWW….so sweet! I LOVE my sister and don’t know what I’d do without her….I’m jealous that you got to go to the same school…I haven’t lived in the same city as my sis since high school!
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51 Ashley May 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm

That is so sweet. I love it. I wish my older sister and I are as close as we used to be, or that me and my little sister could be closer. The distance and age gap just make it difficult πŸ™

52 Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm

What a wonderful sister bond πŸ™‚
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53 Ellie @ The Mommyist May 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Sweet that you are so close to your sister. Almost makes me want to give my daughter a baby sister. Almost.
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54 Amy May 8, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Aw, what a sweet post. I wish I had a sister after reading it. A big Happy Birthday to your sister Kelly! On another note, I hadn’t realized both you and Kelly have made amazing strides to become healthy sisters! What transformations! So great!
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55 Marissa May 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Aw, this is so sweet! You 2 have a special bond that no one can come between.

56 Sarah K May 9, 2011 at 12:55 am

awww, such a great post. Glad you two are able to get along so well and have so much fun
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57 Sophie May 9, 2011 at 2:59 am

Awww, this post has made me so happy! My brother and I are really close too πŸ™‚

I’ve only started writing my blog (I was sort of inspired by you!) and nobody knows about it at the mo – how long did it take for your little secret to get out?! πŸ˜€
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58 Marika May 9, 2011 at 3:05 am

I must admit I got a little choked up reading this. I also have a younger sister (by three years) who seems wise beyond her years, just like Kelly :). She’s pretty much my favorite person in the world. Sadly, we live an ocean apart and sometimes I would give anything to have weekly dinners or frequent visits or whatever with her, instead of only seeing her a few times a year! πŸ™
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59 Hope May 9, 2011 at 8:22 am

I absolutely LOVE this post! I have a younger sister as well. We are 4 years apart and she is my best friend in the entire world. It is the most amazing feeling to not only have a sister but have her be your best friend. It’s an instant connection and no one can understand unless they have a sister too. πŸ™‚
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60 Heather May 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

this post makes me want to cry! I am so jealous of what yall have. My sister and I are also 2 years apart but are VER VERY different. We get along ok in small doses, but we are not close and its sad b/c she is my only sibling. Maybe one day we will be!
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61 Meg May 9, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Love this post! My sisters and I are the same way…we’re all so close. It’s such a blessing!
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