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For My Sister


Today’s post is for my sister – beautiful in sickness and in health.

The skies are dark
The branches bare –
My sister is not well.

Branches bear the weight of night –My sister is not well.

Thank you, Nature, for mirroring exactly what I feel.
I appreciate that!
Then you turn around and do THIS.

The sun illumines
Branches bright –
The tall pines stretch
And reach the light –

While buds emerge both
Green and fair.Flowering trees in
Yellow –

White –The solitary tulip
Might –
Offer solace – 
On a day when spring sings everywhere.

My spirit lifts
Then settles down somewhere –

But honestly, Nature, nowhere good.

My sister is not well –

And don’t you know?
My heart lives there.


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Mom and Dad, your love has always lifted Cheryl up, and God’s love shines radiantly through you. Thank you Molly Litz, Karen Hennessey, Jen Miller, Deanna Anderson, Cassandra Hornbuckle, Center for Women’s Health, Patrick Clancy, Amanda Hampton, Carolyn Taylor, and Loretta Pearson for being among the first to send love and help take care of my sister. Thank you Bill Lloyd for loving her for a long time. You will always be family. To the other friends who are lining up to help: Thank you, I love you from a distance. Cheryl has good friends because she knows how to be a friend. She’s a good little sister. She lets me boss her around. And sometimes she bosses me around. It seems to work out well, generally speaking. Better as we’ve gotten older. xoxo



  1. Beautiful words for a beautiful sister. Sending love and healing vibes to Cheryl from Nashville.

  2. ‘The sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.” Shelley

  3. Sending loving kindness and healing winds from the Himalayas

  4. Jennifer, what a beautiful post. Thank you for this, so moving. Sending love to you and your sister. xoxoxo

  5. Jennifer, what a moving post…
    Sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your sister❤️

  6. Jennifer, sending love to you & your family. Holding you close. Jessica

  7. Jennifer, these are beautiful thoughts and pictures. Sending love to you and her.

  8. I am praying for your sister who sounds wonderful.

  9. I am sorry to hear about your sister. I will certainly keep her in my prayers.

  10. Beautiful tribute to a lovely sister, my prayers are with you both!

  11. Sending love and prayers to you both from Patagonian shores!

  12. Your touching words and beautiful photos give a glimpse into the depths of emotion. How I love your deep soul, Jennifer. Praying for you, Cheryl and your family.

  13. I am there with your sister . It is my daughter who is by my side .

  14. You are a tremendous comfort and support for your sister, Cheryl. Keeping you both in my prayers ❤️.

  15. Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear about your sister’s illness—Matt told me today. Please know we are sending love, strength & hope your way & to your family. Much love & hugs—the Osbornes

  16. Jennifer, I know you are the best sister ever. I’m a bit jealous of Cheryl. (Brothers are not so poetic.) Both of you, and your family, are in my prayers. May the Lord grant peace and healing, physically and emotionally. Xoxo

  17. Jen – Cheryl is here, right? Is there anything I can do? I am good with doctors and fetching groceries and whatnot. Tell her to give me a shout if I can do anything at all.

    • You are so incredibly kind, Gina. I so appreciate it! Yes she is. I know you’re very capable in a crisis – and I know you mean it. When she starts chemo, I’ll be in touch… thank you for your love and concern. xoxo

  18. I’m so sorry to hear about your sister Cheryl. Sending her our love and prayers!

  19. Thank you for sharing with us so we can also be part of your emotional support crew and cheerleaders on the sidelines routing her on. Never discount the impact a fan base can have! Sending you lots of ❤️

  20. Precious Jennifer,
    I am “late to the table” but learning today, I now want to join the circle of love and prayers for Cheryl and for you, dearest one. We love you, from John, too! May God keep you strong in Him!

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