Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Baby Sister


Jayne, my youngest sister, is having her first baby today.  For some reason, this gets me all kinds of emotional. I guess, in a way, it's cause it really proves that she's all grown up.  I can't describe the love I have for this girl. For the first ten years of living in Maryland, Jayne and Mitch spent the summers with me.  I think she was ten when she first came out, making Mitch probably eight.  I literally watched them grow up under my own roof and have always considered that to be one of the best gifts I've ever been given.


When I think of Jayne, this is still what comes to my mind...  Jayne in camp clothes, rock climbing, scrubbing down in some river, or hopping into a van for a trip--taking nothing but the clothes on her back.  She was Nick's rock climbing assistant for years and is tough as anything. Nobody cleans up nicer than Jayne--but nobody can be grubbier either!  She was a complete and total joy to have around those years.  She's quick with her smile and has a personality and wit that kills.  I will always miss our summers together and consider them a highlight of my life.



Seeing these two grow up has been bittersweet for sure.  Even as I write this, I feel a twinge of sadness.  I am so proud of them both and feel like I had a hand in raising them--which makes me happy. Jill used to call them "the old married couple" cause they had to share a room at my house and they'd bicker like they'd been together for fifty years...but usually went to bed made up and fairly happy (right Mitch?). The close relationships I share with them now is something I treasure dearly and consider to be pretty amazing, when you look at our age differences.

I am thrilled for Jayne and Jon and all my prayers today, go out to them and their (soon to be) baby girl.  I love you little sister.  Thanks for making my life that much richer.

12 comments:

Mrs. Organic said...

Awww, how sweet. Happy baby!

Jek said...

I couldn't agree more with how much i love our jayne jaynie! Although call now for the new updates. She aint lookin so home free now!

Jayne Layne said...

Well that is too freaking nice! I loved that! I share your feelings exactly as those summers were some of the best times of my life, and yes, I could grubbier than anyone! Thanks for the post that made me happy. Love ya forever.
Call me for updates...

jessamyn said...

I loved this post! I remember the summers they would come visit, I was a young awkward teenager and I wanted to be so much like Jayne, and then one summer she cut my hair and I thought that was the coolest! So exciting that she is a mommy now.

Suzanne said...

Good Luck Jayne on having that baby!! May your moment be sweet and tender! -Suzanne

VEGAS VIC said...

That was a tear jerker for the mom. Love you all, you're all the greatest kids.

Ann Marie said...

Okay.. for starters.. I was teary-eyed and I don't even know your sister..
What a sweet, sweet heartfelt post!
I loved to read it..

I wish her the best.. Those first babies seem to take the longest, but are so memorable!

~ And you can be VERY grubby when you are naturally Beautiful!

jill said...

I LOVE Jayne!! She is beautiful both on the inside and on the out! Good luck Jayne, Naomi is one lucky baby!

Mitch said...

Thanks for the co-shout out! SaaaaWEEEEET! I love you too little lady. I've told you many a times how much i love and appreciate all you've done for me. And yes, jayne and i usually went to bed happy. I'm still trying to figure out how it never got bloody. I'm grateful it didn't though. LOVE YA JAYNE!

careymc said...

I'm anxious to hear how everything went! How exciting to have another new baby in your family! Jayne is so beautiful - - those fabulous Miller genes, right?! :)

Katie Gourdin said...

I love your family so much. Jayne I wish you the best. You Miller sisters and brothers are so amazing.
I love your blogs Jen.

kamille said...

hi jen! it's kamille frey.. we go back:) haha. anyways, i am totally your blog stalker/lurker.. hope it wont be too weird. your family is beautiful!