Troy is my oldest brother. I don’t remember too much from my childhood. I knew I was never allowed in his room, and his door was always shut. I visited him in his apartment, in his first tiny house, then later in Chicago, Florida, and even Minnesota. My mom said she was worried that, because of our large age difference, we would never bond.
We did. Eventually, I would get to stay the night at his place and do nails with his wife Jantina. We would watch cool movies and t.v. shows that I didn’t watch back home. They taught me videogames and how to use a tivo. However, we really connected over karate. I had so much respect for my brother, I wanted to do something like him. My mom refused to sign me up, so I asked him if he would when he was visiting. He did, and then I was in karate. It gave us something to talk about, and when he moved back to Illinois, it gave us something to do together. I loved sharing that with him, the car ride, the class, and so much more. We would go to Sunday School together, we would talk about faith, we would play board games, and we would do karate.
Troy is my big brother, who I know will always protect and love me. He is black and white, and gives you a straight answer when you ask. He is faithful to his wife, and He is faithful to God.
Jennie is my hip sister, she claims she’s the middle child, but there is no middle of 6. She would babysit me and let me and Travis call in to Nickelodeon. I’d watch her eat crackers and would do workout videos with her. She took me on a lot of her dates to Chuck-e-Cheese and Jungle O’Fun. She taught me how to line dance, and how to have fun.
We drowned her car together, she took me to the newest Disney movies like Parent Trap and Anastasia, she watched me throw up in a movie theatre… haha. She encourages me to work out and teaches me how to do it well. She answers my texts right away even when they are out of the blue. She knows all things Disney, and is willing to help anyone plan their next magical vacation even though it probably makes her a little jealous each and every time.
Jennie is fun-loving, and laughs longer than anyone I know. Her laugh is contagious and makes me happy. If you want to feel young, she knows how to do it and show you a good time.