I’m packing my bags and my curly hair and my metallic sandals and my optimism and my red lipstick….

…and I’m heading to Haven.

I’m taking along a big jumble of emotions with me.

I’m nervous and excited and happy and overly-packed and shaking my purple-painted toenails just a little.

I wish I could take all of you with me.

It might make me a little braver.

But instead, I’ll share a story along with a little summer from the beach.  It’s one I’ve told before, but there’s such joy in the re-telling.

This one is for anyone who has ever been so close to amazing.

Come sit by me. 🙂

People always ask me what it’s like having twins.

Is it hard?

Is it overwhelming and are they different and how do you handle it and is it really a challenge?

And I always tell them it’s double.

Double the joy, double the work, double the responsibilities, double the drama…..

…..and double the blessings.

They just started middle school, those double blessings.

And for the first time ever, this fall, they decided they wanted to part ways and choose different interests.

One is a cheerleader.

And one is a basketball player.

The first basketball game was this past week.

It was a flurry of activity.  There were uniforms to fit and long practices and plays to learn and sidelines to perfect and wondering and hoping and worrying and chattering and discussing what needed to be done before the season started.

And then the season finally began.

Both twins decked out in red uniforms with matching blonde pony tails and shiny new shoes and eyes sparkling with anticipation.

One sister cheering from the sideline.

One sister playing the game on the court.

It was a tough game.

Both teams were evenly matched.

First one basket, then another and another and another.  Then we were tied.  Then we were behind.  Suddenly my daughter had the ball.  You could almost see the look of determination on her face.  All that practicing and all those drills and hours and hours spent trying to learn the game.

This was her moment.

This was her time.

She dribbled the basketball on the court.  And paused.  And dribbled right and dribbled left, then she lifted her hands in the air and let the ball sail through the air.

It soared toward the goal in slow motion.

Swish.

The stadium collectively held its breath as the basketball slowly sank into the basket and scored two points…..

…..for the other team.

*sigh*

A basket heard around the world.

The other team broke into screams and shouts of joy and jumping and patting each other on the back with excitement.

Our team stood silent.

Until.

Until a tiny cheerleader standing on the sidelines dressed in red swung her blonde ponytail in determination and started a cheer for her sister.

A cheer to tell her it was okay.

A cheer to let her know there would be other baskets and other games and other times to score and she was truly amazing and that this basket did not define who she was or how she played the game.

And that’s the thing with twins.

It’s double the encouragement.

Double the cheers.

Double the swinging ponytail and sparkling eyes and double the belief in your sister and double the shaking off of disappointments and double the bond.

And always, always, always…..

…….double the joy. 🙂

Comments

  1. Image for Hedy Hahn Hedy Hahn

    I don't have a sister and always wanted one. Your story brought tears to my eyes. How sweet to cheer her sister when she made a mistake. How lovely.

  2. Image for DeAnna DeAnna

    That is exactly what twins are about. I have two sets of twins - one set identical and the other fraternal and all boys. Even as adults, living their own lives, the bond is strong. And precious. Thank you for sharing that beautiful moment.

  3. Image for Terri Terri

    love... love... your stories... your Journey that you share with all of us... So excited for you !!! Nerves are just one tiny little itsy bitsy part of this fabulous road you are on !!! Can't wait for the book !!!!! You got this Rock Star!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Image for Elaine Hewitt Elaine Hewitt

    Years and years ago, so long ago that only he remembers, my husband told the story of being on a basketball team for a small school in northern Michigan. He was tall, skinny and had a blob of curls that swayed while he ran. During a game with the school's rival he got possession of the ball and ran the full court with it, stuffing it into the opponent's basket, scoring a big point for the wrong side. I was only there as a participant hearing the story, but I could feel the moment.

  5. Image for Tylynn Tylynn

    I have three sisters and this story just brought tears to my eyes. All 4 of us are within 5 years of eachother ... so not quite twins ;) but pretty close nonetheless. They are my best friends. The bond between sisters is truly unique. Thanks so much for sharing this sweetness :)

  6. Image for Deb Deb

    I have also been blessed with a set of twins. And like yours they have very different interests. In middle school one was very musical the other preferred athletics. And they were best friends. Today they are 33. One lives in Europe and is a chef at a 5 star restaurant. The other lives in Ohio and has the fulfilling job of finding jobs for people who are unemployed. And they are still best friends. Twice blessed for sure!

  7. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    I love being a twin! My sister and I are 55 and still best friends, we live 3 blocks from each other, our kids are like siblings as they were always together growing up. I don't know how she's going to handle me moving to the farm...maybe they will follow us! :) I'd sit by you if I was going to Haven. But you! You are going to be just amazing! Big hugs, Cecilia

  8. Image for Carrie Carrie

    Safe travels to Haven, Rock Star! You will find many people to come sit beside you, of this I am sure. Just as you have raised love and compassion in your twins, you send it out in vibes through your words. I can only imagine how strong the positive vibes are in person!!!! Extra Exclamation Points!!!! Wish I could be there sitting beside you- reassuring you that the curly hair, purple toes, cold-shoulder shirt and red lipstick are just what the room needed. Like icing on a cake, you add that to our lives!! Go forth and scatter joy, like only you know how! :)

  9. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I don't have a sister -- I wish I did. And when I think of what she would be like -- she'd be just like you. I would want to be there to cheer you on and tell you how amazing you are no matter what you do. And how great that shade of lipstick looks on you and you are the only one in the universe that can wear it and make it look that good!! And then I'd tell you how you make everyone around you feel so much better and that you bring joy and laughter into their lives, especially me. But most of all I would make sure you knew how much we love you and all your stories. That is quite a blessing -- making someone else's life better just by being you. Have a great time at Haven. Wish I could be there.

  10. Image for Sarah Sarah

    Gash, I want to write like you when I grow up.😍I hope my boys will cheer each other on like your girls do! I can't wait to see you at Haven-

  11. Image for elizabeth@pinecones and acorns blog elizabeth@pinecones and acorns blog

    You have raised so beautiful and special girls. That is the great thing about siblings, they always have your back, no matter what. YOU ARE GOING TO BE AWESOME! I am sure that your sunny disposition, optimism and red lipstick is going to light up HAVEN the minute that you walk in. I am just sorry that I will not be there to see it. Have a safe trip and be the awesome person that you are.

  12. Image for Tammy Tammy

    My heart sanked but then lifted as you told about her sister cheering for her. I am the proud mother of fraternal twin boys. It has been the biggest blessing of my life too. The newborn stage was the hardest. Then, double the college tuition was the hardest part. Graduation from college is now around the corner and I long for them to be little once again. Fly goes by too fast! Enjoy these years!!!

  13. Image for Delphia Hedgepeth Delphia Hedgepeth

    As the ever proud grandmother of TWO sets of twins, I am probably in a position to endorse this comment more than most-- each is entitled to choose their own path to success or failure--each is a unique individual in his/or her own right--in my case each set has a boy and a girl. I am SO blessed to be a part of their lives--the good times AND the bad times. My 15 yr old grandson will compete this weekend in the national contest for mountain-bikeing---my pride is that he worked hard to reach this level of competition--and made highest honors in his first year of high school--let the competition begin!! And may the best biker win regardless of who it is! All bets are on!!

  14. Image for Sue Sue

    This story deserves to be told every year. Have a safe and happy trip to Georgia. Wish everyone could attend Haven, we would all learn about decorating,dIY,gardening and so much more.

  15. Image for Bonnie Bonnie

    Have a wonderful and blessed time at Haven. I know that everyone that gets to attend your workshops will be so happy that they went and will leave with lots of good information and memories.

  16. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    Sigh... another wonderful, joyful-tear-filled story.... Love it, sister! Have a wonderful time at Haven! Try to rest (I know, conferences are not known for getting rest... I usually end up with an infection after conferences because I don't want to miss ANYTHING!). But, I will pray the Lord will keep your body from exhaustion, and that He will bless your socks off.. of those long toes! ;-) Hoping to join you next year... this is my goal. Please ask the Lord to give me the grace and ability to do it! Hugs!

  17. Image for Lynn Mosher Lynn Mosher

    I would l-o-v-e to come sit by you, Miss Sunshine! Maybe some of your awesomeness might rub off on me! ;) I love that one twin is on the team and the other cheers her on. So sweet! :D

  18. Image for Cindy Richter Cindy Richter

    Love you, your stories and your twins. I'll be at Haven, checking out your purple painted toes and curly hair! Don't be nervous - I'm waaaaay more nervous than you but just as excited.

  19. Image for Jeanine Jeanine

    You are a genuinely sweet person. I can feel it in your words. Love this story about your double blessings. They are blessed to have you as their Mama.

  20. Image for Mary Mary

    Aww that was the sweetest story ever KariAnne! Have a great time at Haven. You are going to rock those cold shoulders! And know that there is a bunch of us waiting for your triumphant return and cheering you from the sidelines

  21. Image for MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!)

    KariAnne, have a great time! You will do just fine! Just know there will be sunbeams wherever you are! Bless you, dear friend!

  22. Image for Claudine Pender Claudine Pender

    Awwww!!! As moms our hearts break a little when our babies are disappointed! Congratulations to all of you, for having each other's back ❤️❤️❤️ About Haven, I wish we could all be there with you, BUT... you are a SUPERSTAR!! You have plenty of people there that will be dying to meet you and as you do with us, you will shower them with kindness! I'm sure it will be a wonderful weekend 💕✨

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