Posted by: Judy | February 6, 2012


This week’s posts are going to be about heroes. It’s what I’m thinking about right now.

I have to start with my sister, and yet there is the sense of where do I start?

My first memory is her striking a horrible bargain to protect me. At her request, I’ve never shared the details, and I won’t now.

I didn’t understand the whole of it, at the time. I do now.

She all but laid down her life for me, to spare me. I didn’t go unscathed, but it would have been so much more horrific.

As difficult as it is sometimes, I can never give up because it would dishonor the sacrifice she made for me…

Perhaps this is why I accepted my Savior at such an early age. I had a living example of one who was willing to do anything for me.

She and I have often talked about how God planned for us to be in the same family at the same time to ensure neither of us was lost. At different times, we’ve each been there for the other.

It wasn’t glorious or anything anyone would want to read in a book or see in a movie. It was brutal and heartbreaking and soul rending. We’ve spent a lifetime slogging through the mud, muck, and mire.

We are both, at last, beginning to look up and see the light and beauty around us. She explores it through photos, and I explore it through words. The battle isn’t over yet, but we both know now we have each other’s back, and we are not alone. We’re also both trying to offer a hand to as many others struggling as we’re able. We know we’re stronger standing together.


  1. Thank you for the beautiful tribute. I couldn’t do it without you. Love, Ruth

    • ((Ruth))

  2. I couldn’t help thinking it was odd that I was thinking about writing about my own sister today … not sure if I will write anything at all today, or if it will be about my sister, but I’m glad you wrote something about yours. Heroes.

    • Thanks, ntexas.

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