Thursday, April 9, 2009

Happy Birthday to a Super Sib

Today is Isabella's big sister's birthday. Ever since Isabella was born, you could just tell how much she loved Annalise and vice versa. Annalise has done a tremendous job over the last few months during this extremely difficult time. We've all had a lot of new jobs and roles around the house and Annalise has picked up her share. Whether it's helping Isabella take her pills, or reading a book with Isabella, or watching Nathaniel while we attend to Isabella, or acting as a pillow for Isabella when they watch TV. It certainly can't be easy for a 9 year old, especially one who loves attention, to watch her little sister with cancer or to only have one parent home at a time for several weeks. Annalise may have some "difficult episodes" now and then, but not once has she complained about helping out Isabella.

Tomorrow is also Super Siblings Day. There is an organization called Super Sibs which support the brothers and sisters of children who have life-threatening diseases. It's very easy for other children in a family to think "Hey! What about me?" as the parents attend to a sick child, and I'm glad there's an organization out there that thinks about the rest of the family during these times.


  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNALIESE!! I hope you have a super day. I am sure you are a great help to your mom , dad, and especially to Isabela. She is very lucky to have a great big sister that loves and takes care of her like you.

    Keeping you all in my prayers.
    Have a great holiday.
    Katie Vasquez and Family

  2. H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y A N N A L I S E !!!

    Both of your girls are so lucky to have each other, their little bro and two amazing parents!!


  3. Happy Birthday Annalise--You are just as beautiful as your name.

  4. She's been wonderful, actually. Through everything, Annalise has faced the challenges with maturity and understanding that far surpasses her years. She truly has been a big sister both her siblings can look up to and be proud of.

  5. Happy Birthday Annalise!

    Jordan & Alyssa


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