My brother is the cute one on the right. He is almost 6 years older than me. My Mom had three miscarriages between us (proof that I'm probably a blessing.) Unfortunately, six years creates a ton of tension between siblings. He pretty much tortured me growing up because I lingered everywhere he went. His idea of "babysitting" me meant placing me in a laundry basket and putting it in the closet until our parents returned. When I was 11, he and some friends pretended to be kidnappers and tried to snatch me off my bicycle as I was riding to the mailbox. I was so traumatized that they had to find chores for me that didn't involve going near the road.
Despite our angst, I really do love him very much. He has supported me through moving away and moving back and moving away again. Through picking the majors less traveled. Through picking the jobs with no insurance or big paycheck. Through it all.
Plus, he has given me a lovely sister-in-law and a nephew and 3 nieces who can't be beat.
But one of the most exciting things that has ever happened will happen tomorrow. He is graduating from Mississippi State University. Twenty years after starting school, he will receive a Bachelor's Degree in Geoscience and Occupational Meteorology. Isn't that just superb? He has faced a lot of detours (family, finances, 2 war deployments) but he has persevered. He is a super role model for starting what you finish, no matter the obstacles.
"So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up." Galatians 6:9