I'm blessed to have so many in my life but today I'll share my top two:
My sisters have always been my biggest inspirations. Being so much older than me they've mentored and guided me my whole life.
I don't think I'd be who I am today without them.
Namely our eldest sister:
| Although she hates her gummy smile, I absolutely love how happy she looks in this photo.|
Isn't she gorgeous :)
Her influence has shaped so much of my personality and character.
She taught me to read and write, shaped my thirst for knowledge (it was her fault I got picked on for reading encyclopaedias recreationally) and always encouraged me to dream big and believe that there was more to life than meets the eye, that dreams were reality preconceived and I could do anything I put my mind to.
In a lot of ways I was surrounded by mentors growing up but Anna stands out in my mind in particular.
With a mother so many generations removed from me Anna was like a surrogate Mum while Ma worked full time to help my Dad support 3 other children and nurse her elderly father in law.
|From left to right: My paternal grandfather, Dad, Mum,|
a baby Julia, little Anna & the eldest, our brother Vas.
Then one day she met the love of her life and left for the adventure of a lifetime - getting married, having babies and starting a family of her own in Asia with her dashing pilot husband.
For a while there I felt so lost and alone without her.
Lucky for me I have two gorgeous angels in my life and so the lovely Julia stepped in and a new bond was born. We wouldn't be as close as we now are had she not left that gap to be filled.
These two wonderful women have seen a lot in their lives and supported me through thick and thin.
I am a better person and a lucky woman for having them in my life.
I hope this Sunday, wherever you are, you're enjoying the love of someone from your family as much as I do my own.