It has taken me a while to finish this blog because it has been so emotional for me. As most of you know, my sister was living with us. My brother-in-law, Eric, was deployed, and she chose to come and stay with us while he was away. We were honored to have her, and we were so excited to be her support system while Eric was gone. I was nervous about many things before she moved here: 1. Would we drive her crazy? 2. Would she want to have children after living with us? 3. How many fights would we have? 4. I was scared of how bored she may be. 5. Would our relationship be the same after the 7 months was up? 6. Would she be sad all the time, and if so, how could we help her cope? All concerns of mine, and I am sure she had her own concerns as well. Surprisingly, these 7 months flew by and was better than I could have ever imagined. It was the most special bond that we as sisters have ever had. I knew that I knew her well, but now I know her all the way through. And, I love her and admire her more now than before.
Kyra was here for everything. She was here for Halloween, my baby shower, Reese's birth (the most special thing), Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, potty training, temper tantrums, marital spats, Reese rolling over, many of Reese's firsts, Valentines, and Easter. Through everything she was here, and we included her as part of our little family. Now that she is gone I am sad, so very sad. But as I said it is bittersweet. Bitter because we have gotten so used to having her here, and we really did enjoy her. It is still hard to walk around the house and not see her things. Rylan just asked me yesterday where she was (I don't think he really gets it yet.) He said, "Where is Tia, hers in her room doing Homework?" This was hard for me and I broke down crying because, no she is not here, she is gone. But as I am crying I am thinking to myself, "How silly Kayla, she is where she needs to be." So the sweet part is that Eric is so close to being home and she is there in California waiting on her sweet husband to return home from the war. I am so excited that his deployment is over and that they can be together again. It was hard for Kyra a lot of days, and I admire her strength.
I am happy to report that at the end of this we only had one little spat, Kyra still wants kids, I think we kept her somewhat entertained, our relationship is stronger than ever, the five of us lived together laughing all the time and Kyra was stronger than I ever imagined. She still loves our children as her own if not more, and we will forever cherish these months.
God has plans for us all, and this journey that he had set for Kyra, Tyson, Rylan, Reese and I was one I will never forget. The time when Tia stayed with us for 7 months.................
My favorite moment was when we got to tell Kyra that Reese was named after her.
Our first snow of the year, these two played outside forever.
Us girls, this picture just makes me happy.
At night after bath Tia came in and stole Reesey from us. That was Tia and Reese's time together. Tia lotioned her, put her jammies on and told her how beautiful she was every night.
Watching these three get down and play was memories I want forever embedded in my heart.
The two wild ones, these two have their own thing going. Whatever Tia tells Ry to do, he does. This bond is something that brings tears to my eyes.
Tia and the babes all dressed up at my cousin's wedding.
Tia and her namesake, both beautiful! We can only pray that Reese is as beautiful on the inside just as her Tia is.
Rylan and Tia before their date. Tia took Rylan on a date to see his very first movie. He is still talking about "The Worax".
Tia and her babes on Easter Sunday.
Tia we love you and we miss you, but we are so excited for you and Uncle Eric to come home!