As the dust settles from the events of last week, I have some time to reflect on the stories that I must someday tell. There are so many extraordinary things that happened to us and for us that are nothing short of miracles. To ignore their significance would be a tragedy. I am committed to writing them down so I will not forget. I will share those as they are documented. One such story is about Sierra and it's about time she receive credit for her role in this family. Steel gets a lot of attention in this blog because he leads a fairly exciting life. It's fun to tell his stories and share them with family and friends. Sierra's life is simple and quiet, but no less extraordinary because of who she is. I once read that the decision to have a child is like choosing to forever have your heart go walking around outside your body. No truer words were ever spoken.
Steel is my hero, but Sierra is my heart.
Without her, I simply do not function.
She has always been exceptional, but now, as a young woman I am in awe of the person she has become. Just when I thought she couldn't get any better, achieve more or be more wonderful she continues to shine and demonstrate her capacity for love and compassion. There is nothing she wouldn't do for those she loves and we are so blessed that she loves us all, unconditionally.
I was completely helpless when we first heard the news of Steel's artery tear on Monday afternoon. Sierra quickly stepped up to take control of the situation. She was determined to travel with us to Oregon and I'm so glad she did. I don't know how we would have made it through that trip without her (and Anne too, but that's another post.) Sierra's love for her brother and her family is beyond explanation and her selfless spirit is a gift to everyone who knows her. She has always wanted to be a nurse and it is pure wisdom that she recognized her gift at such an early age. No person was better suited for a healing profession than Sierra. This was never more evident than it was last week as she cared for her brother as well has his parents with such compassion, generosity and altruistic devotion.
There are no words to describe how proud I am of her. To know that her dreams for the future she has always envisioned are becoming reality is pure grace for her father and me. No one has worked harder or deserves it more than Sierra. To know her is to love her. And to know that God entrusted such a special spirit to us is the most overwhelming and humbling thought. It is beyond my understanding. So I will only acknowledge my unworthiness and offer constant gratitude for the gift.