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Another gem!


Mandy, I've always been so jealous of my cousins for having sisters! As you know I grew up with two older brothers. I always told my mother that I wasn't going to reach the double digits (in age) bc we fought like cats and dogs! But the older we all got, the closer we got and I can honestly say my brothers are some of the best friends anyone could ever have! I'm so lucky to have them in my life...... with that said.... having so many wonderful girl cousins (who all helped me get through the 10yr old mark :)) is so wonderful!! Those girls are the closest things to sisters for me and I wouldn't trade those relationships for the world!!! I used to stay with the Davis girls when my parents would go on vacation (and my brothers would stay with the Peck's - poor Missy! like she needed two more guys in that house) and I would LOVE my time there! Having close girlfriends are a completely different dynamic than brothers- you need close girlfriends in your life!! By having older brothers, I also have had a 'sister-like' relationship with my mom which has been incredible. I'm very blessed to have all these wonderful people in my life. Family and good friends are so important!! I would be no where without them!

Great blog! As I read your blog, I can actually hear you telling me the stories! You truly are a wonderful person, Mandy. Whenever I get to see you when you're with Missy, you must notice that all our girl cousins (including myself) practically glue ourselves to you guys! I love hearing all your stories and escapades through the years :) Your positive attitude is contagious! Good luck with your list- you can do it!

Eileen  McCorry

I concur! Another GEM!

Kat Warren

Nice one! *flashes gang sign*


I have to say this one made me a little sad that I was not fortunate enough to have sisters. Don't want to have a pity party, but brothers are really not the same. Like Suzie said, my cousins are like my sisters now, and I am so lucky to have them, but I'm afraid it is still not quite the same sense of inclusion you would have being one of the sisters. I grew up knowing full well what I was missing out on as my Mom is one of 3 girls & their daughters are the cousins I'm referring to. Anyway, my friends & cousins have always acted as my sisters filling that void & I am thankful for them. I totally agree with you that I can't understand women who do not have other women friends or are suspicious, competive & judgemental of them.
On a more upbeat, less feeling sorry for myself note, I laughed out loud at your description of the Victorian dollhouse interactions. Priceless! xoxoxo


Thanks for the comments everyone, I love them! Kim, Suzanne and Missy, you all have made your own "sisters" in your lives. That's what is so amazing about the bond of female friendships, they are truly sisterhoods. Suzy and Missy, I love spending time with all the cousins, you all might as well be sisters, such an amazing and fun group of women! At the end of the post I recognize all sisters, blood or otherwise, in life we make our own sisterhoods and "gangs". Marge you are always going to be my in my gang, you're my sister from another mother! xoxo

Robin McCorry Law

Right back at you sistah! I love having you around and the fact that you are in my life on a daily basis again brings me so much joy. I thought 66th street was the end of the line for us as roomies but thank god it was not.
What can I say, my baby sister is taking care of my baby and that makes me so happy and is so right on many levels. Every day I wonder how I can leave you both but I do it because you are so perfect for Terrance and the little guy is good for you too - this blog is case-in-point. And Mama needs to make some money what with two mortgages.
Anyway, this may be one of my favorite entries to date because I love the subject and I love my sisters.

PS - Please note that now that I have grown up I don't use the language or act out like the victorian mother-___er from the dollhouse.

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