I was able to snap a few photos of my sister Darenda while I was back home in Florida. She is two years younger than I am, but in many respects, she is much more mature and I have always looked up to her. Darenda is a graduate of the University of Alabama, and she has been married to her college sweetheart for almost twenty years now. They have two amazing boys (photo below), Tyler (13) and Luke (6). They live in a beautiful older home that they are remodeling, and it looks like something straight out of a magazine, they are doing a lovely job with it. She has an amazing career here. She has a wonderful life, and I am privileged to have her as my little sister. You can see from the photo of us together, that she is my "little" sister in more ways than one, she is about half the size of me!! But, she works very hard at that, and look at that gorgeous Florida tan.
Here are a few older photos of Darenda from my treasury, and of her whole family together. Handsome hubby Doug, and the boys. She is very dedicated to her family, and her career, and I have a lot of admiration for her. She accomplishes more in one week than most people do in a whole month. I've always thought my sister is extremely beautiful, and wow, she is more intelligent than almost anyone I know. I probably have never told her that, because we were typical teenage sisters- i.e. we fought like cats and dogs all the time and could barely share the bathroom! She went off to college, and not too long after she came home, I moved out of state. We never really got the chance to become "friends" as adults, and now I only get to see her once a year.
And here she is helping me out at my wedding. I really appreciated her being there with me, and she was a great help and comfort, all without my even asking her. My sister is the type of person who instinctively "knows" the right thing to do, and she does it. I loved having her and her entire family at the wedding, and I was probably too nervous and anxious to ever tell her a proper thank you. I hope she knows how much it meant to me. Love you, Darenda!