Littlest + Biggest

Easton and Penelope share a birthday. Have I ever told you about that? When I was pregnant with Nellie I worried a lot about the 15 year age difference that would be between our oldest and youngest children. Would they feel a connection? Would they even have a relationship? These are things you may or may not consider when there are a few years between children, but 15 years is a giant age difference. Let's be honest, Penelope probably won't even remember living in the same house with Easton. I'm very conscious of the blessing strong familial relationships can be in a person's life. I want all of my children to genuinely love and care for one another. I prayed a lot during that last pregnancy for the relationship of these two. And wouldn't you know, in the early morning hours of Easton's 15th birthday my water broke and Penelope was born a short time later. It seems like a small thing- sharing a birthday. But I know it was an answer to my prayers and pleadings.

So here we are now. Easton is 17. Guys, SEVENTEEN!! We've entered this heartbreaking yet exciting stage where every life event feels like a huge milestone. I catch myself making mental notes almost daily. "He only has one more Christmas at home." "This will be his last full summer vacation with us." etc. etc. etc. Thinking about Easton, the one word that keeps coming to mind is good. He's just a really good kid, with a good heart. It's an honor being his mom.





And then there's this girl. She's a light. She loves all of her siblings, small plastic animals, and applesauce pouches. Penelope wakes up happy and goes to bed happy. She loves to cuddle and read books.

I love seeing the two of them together. Doesn't it look like Penelope could fit in Easton's giant shoe? Ha! Every time I look at this picture, I laugh.

Happy weekend, friends! This week has been crazy. School was canceled Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday with delayed starts Thursday and Friday. Our winter weather has been extreme this year. There's been lots of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. I hope wherever you are you're warm and safe. xoxo

17 comments:

  1. Penelope is the cutest button ever! I'm one of five siblings and there is a seven, eight, and nine year gap between me and my three younger siblings. I understand that gap between siblings very well, but it all evens out in the end. We are all in our 20s or 30s now and it seems like we're all just the same age. :)

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    1. Thank you for sharing your perspective. That's exactly what I'm hoping for- that everything will all even out in the end. xoxo

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  2. I needed this post today. Thank you for posting! I have been struggling with the gap between my oldest and youngest as well.

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    1. I'm so glad you found it helpful, Shayla! xoxo

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  3. My father remarried and there is a big 18 year gap between me and my younger twin siblings. They were actually born my freshman year of college, so we've never 'lived together' in the traditional sense. We're still very close though.

    They're 11 now, so we talk and text often, but before they hit cell phone age I started the tradition of taking them somewhere special, like to the movies or the zoo, for their birthday and Christmas presents. That way we can spend some time together with just the two of us, instead of buying them a toy they'll outgrow in a year. I don't live close (DC to FL) so I don't make it home for every occasion, but it's something we all really look forward to and keeps us close.

    Easton seems like a wonderful big brother. I'm sure they'll be fine. Plus, once he starts college it's nice to come home and have an excuse to just play with bubbles :)

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience. I love the idea of spending quality time together doing something fun, instead of gifting your siblings a toy. I think what I'm learning is that it takes a little effort on everyone's part to keep those sibling relationships close throughout their lives. It doesn't have to be anything grand. Small gestures mean the most, right? xoxo

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  4. I love that story! I worried about the same thing when I was pregnant with my youngest...would he/she be close with my oldest, 8 years older? I understand!
    Thet are very close and I hope they remain so.
    Although she wasn't born on her sisters birthday, it seems as though she shares one with Penelope and Easton! Lol! AND Cedar turned 2 on January 13th, so it seems she shares THE birthday with Penelope! So funny.
    (We also had snow days all that week, so I'm guessing these girls even live in the same region as each other...it's a small world!)

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  5. My oldest brother is 14 years older than me. He's been one of my main heroes my whole life. We have a great relationship. And he always let me know I mattered. Even now he calls and texts me often. His youngest and ainslee are the same age, it helps some too as adults.

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