May 18, 2013
Happy 24th Birthday sister.
parents are doing well. mother even bought ballons to send up to you today, but it was already dark when i got home so they’ll be late. pretty sure there was a cupcake involved as well. wish you could be here to enjoy it with us.
i always imagined you would have curly hair which dosen’t make since cause it dosen’t exist in our family. but when i imagine what you would look like at 24…you’re beautiful. curly dark hair (resembling that of fathers genes), light brown eyes, really everything but the hair is from momma, tall, and your skin is a little darker than the rest of us. it’s fun that i have created all this from pictures and my imagination and other peoples memories. it’s funny that i feel connected to a sister i have never met. probably cause i see the impact you made on our family during those months you were here. it was a good, big impact.
how great it would have been to have a sister only 5 years older than me. but i can’t complain. your death saved lives. hopefully those people are changing the world for the better. the Lord has been sweet to me. giving me friends that are basically sisters. even one whose birthday matches yours exactly [i like to think ya’ll would be BFFs, which you would]. i’m thankful for them. not that they take the place of you or my real sister, but they are more family like every time we hang out. and it’s nice to have them so close, at least for now.
but this was all to say. i miss you sister. we would have had a lot of fun. but you’re rocking out with our Father and i’m jealous. but until my time comes, i’ll have to wait to meet you. so for now, happy 24th birthday Charissa, i love you.