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9 May

When I was born I was blessed with a sister who was 2 years older as well as a half-brother who was 13 years older than I. Though my brother Michael was a big part of my life growing up, he wasn’t really your atypical older brother. I don’t ever remember getting into a fight with him, teasing me, or threatening boys to stay away from me.

When I was 16, Heather began dating Jaden. Truth be told, I didn’t really like him. My life was full of my boyfriend at the time and school. Heather’s consisted of Jaden, church, and work. I clearly remember going a period of a month without seeing her even though we lived in the same house…and it hurt me a lot. So i blamed Jaden.

I guess what began altering my opinion of him was that he bought Sarah and I Christmas presents. I don’t mean this in a greedy way, but it was truly unexpected.

Soon enough my boyfriend and i broke up, and I began spending a lot more time around Jaden and Heather and realized how good they were for each other. Thankfully the following May they were engaged!

I don’t really know when it happened, but Jaden and I began to develop a brother and sister relationship unlike mine and Michael’s. When I met up with my ex-boyfriend a year after our breakup, Heather had Jaden dropped me off and he made it a point to drive his monstrous red truck to scare him…it worked! That ex-boyfriend told me numerous times Jaden intimidated him. But in reality Jaden is probably one of the sweetest guys you’ll ever meet, you can’t judge the truck and tattoos!

Once they finally got married I decided that Jaden wasn’t just my brother-in-law, but more simply my brother.

Not all brother-in-laws come to the rescue every time I’m in a car crash.

Not all brother-in-laws tell me who i should or shouldn’t date, I make it a point that he approves of any guy i date…ANY.

Not all brother-in-laws take the time to teach me about cars or some other complicated manly mechanism.

Not all brother-in-laws fix my car when there is a problem (and i am blessed with 2 of them)

Not all brother-in-laws allow me to stay over for 2 weeks after my room is obliterated in a flood.

Not all brother-in-laws would teach their sister-in-laws how to drive

Not all brother-in-laws would make sure each time it snows that i know what to do

Not all brother-in-laws would take their sister-in-laws wheeling in their truck (and go off the ground in said truck!)

Not all brother-in-laws tell me to not do something even though i end up doing that something…and then not saying “i told you so”

Not all brother-in-laws can stand working with their sister-in-laws 5 days a week.

Jaden isn’t just my brother-in-law, but my brother. Both in Christ and family.

I can go on and on and on about how blessed I am by Jaden…but the list would be incredibly long!! Out of everyone who has come into my life (not counting immediate blood family), Jaden has by FAR made the biggest impact on my life. I can most assuredly say that if he and Heather never dated and or got married, my life would be INCREDIBLY different! Worlds apart different.

I can only hope the man I marry one day would be even half the man that Jaden is. I look up to him not only in the brotherly sense, but also in the perspective of what a true man of God and spiritual leader is to be. As well as how he can stand my older sister..bahaha 😉