One month tomorrow my older sister, Nicola, will be turning 30 years old. For her birthday I am making her a photo album documenting her thirties years of life. I wish I could show you all the pictures I have been able to get from my family. Some that I have not even seen before!!! I have included a few in this post.
It really warms my heart to see how she has grown up. I remember it like yesterday that we were celebrating her 18th birthday. I can't believe that was 12 years ago.
Our birthdays are only 3 days apart and I hated it when I was younger because my it meant my birthday cards went up for 3 days and then came down or shoved to the back to make way for her cards. Now she's grown up, moved out, got engaged and had a baby we don't have that problem any more.
But with her turning 30 and looking back at her life it has really got me feeling very sentimental. It's crazy that 12 years ago we were sat in a restaurant wishing her a happy 18th and then in one months time to be saying happy 30th?! It really does not seem real! I think it illustrates how life really does just fly past and it's so easy to miss it.
When I started rummaging through some pictures this morning one thing struck me. When I talk about my younger siblings and how they are growing up way too fast I always look back on my life. But putting this album together for Nicola I look at some of the ages I have not reached yet and see what she has achieved. I look at her life more differently to how I view Rachael and Philip's. I guess I look more ahead at my life since Nicola is older than me.
Even though Nicola and I didn't get along growing up, we do get along now. And I have to say putting these photos together makes me realise how much I do look up to her. I remember when she met Robbie (her fiance) 11 years ago and how much they loved each other (and still do). I remember thinking at the time 'I would really love to love someone like that'. And I do now!
I remember when she moved out and got a mortgage with Robbie. And I remember thinking 'I really wish I could have my own space like her.' Now Simon and I are saving for a mortgage!
I remember when her and Robbie used to go on really nice holidays to Cuba and South Africa. I was SO jealous of them! Now I can say I have travelled a fair bit and going to Florida this year.
I'll never forget on Christmas Eve three years ago when Nicola rang to say Robbie had proposed. I was so happy for her and I still dream of having that question popped to me!
And then last year when Nicola gave birth to my nephew and seeing what a truly wonderful mother she is - it just melts my heart! I really hope that one day when I become a Mum I can be just as patient and loving as she is.
They always say that you follow in someone's footsteps some way or another. And I'd be lying if I say I didn't want to follow in some of hers.