My sister.

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“Of two sisters one is always the watcher, one the dancer.”
Louise Glück

I found this quote perfectly fitting for my sister and I. Cheyenne has always been the watcher. While I was too busy gabbing away and vying for the spotlight Cheyenne was watching.  She was the observer. The quiet one around strangers (and probably because I did the talking for her!)  Her creativity was apparent at a very young age through her piano playing, art projects, and dancin’ skills.

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When Cheyenne was little gal she hid bread around the house to snack on it later! She would get hair cuts JUST for the lollipop the barber gave her after. She has loved animals for as long as I can remember. She has always been the “sweet” little girl, and personally the one who I would have wanted to be friends with as a kid. She always talked about God and faith. I distinctly remember her reciting “The lord is my shepherd I shall lack nothing” through out the days, and she often said prayers for our family.As the adorable kid turned into a young lady she became the “nice” girl that was friends with everyone. She was a slow poke at getting ready for school in the mornings. I would often leave her behind at home as I drove off to high school and left her in the dust! ( Like I said…she was the nice one)

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So today. On the 13th of July. I want this incredible 22 year old beautiful young free spirited woman to know that her big sister loves her. That I am SO proud of the young  lady she has become…and that there is no one in this world who will ever understand my childhood exactly like she will. I know that whatever God has in store for you in the years to come will be great. You are incredible!…and I am so proud to call you my sister.

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Oh yeah and the Korean kids I teach also wanted to wish you a very happy birthday (and I must admit they are pretty darn cute) :

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About Elicia Shepard

I'm unique just like you. I've learned every person has a story which makes us who we are. One minute I am here..then I am gone. Discovering unknown places and people is an addiction I am proud of and will be an endless journey of mine. Smiling is not a pastime it's what I do. I live for moments that take my breath away. Falling in love is the greatest feeling-and the biggest risk. I thrive off of risks.Challenges. Adrenaline rushes. Making others smile. Art is all around and in ourselves. I love taking an unknown path not knowing where it'll lead. Mystery is beautiful. Compassion, kindness, and love- things I will always strive for. Know what you believe in. Stand up for it. Never be afraid to feel. Time waits for no one.Ever. Children inspire me. God fires me. Happiness is being with those you love.I am really blessed. I think God is love and forgiveness and I think he wants us to be good people and love EVERYONE. Figure out who you are and what that means to you-It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself (and you deserve it.) Live frugally on surprise. Breathe. Be who you are. Be an outcast...If you wanna find me I will be where the wind blows...Wherever that may take me.

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