1. The ability to first fall in love with herself, and with the true beauty that lies within her heart.

2. Many nights spent laughing so hard that she can barely catch her breath.

3. A few true friends that will never abandon her, or try to change her.

4. Mentors to learn from, and provide a remarkable amount of inspiration for her.

5. Patience to undergo life’s setbacks.

6. Determination to turn those setbacks into further motivation to follow her dreams.

7. Long car-rides and plane trips to wondrous places that will open her eyes to the fascinating and incredible world we live in.

8. People to hold her when I am not there.

9. Late nights.

10. Big dreams.

11. Emotionally riveting experiences.

12. Opportunities to step outside of her comfort zone.

13. The strength to stand by her convictions.

14. The bravery to overcome all of the fears and reservations that life will naturally work into her brain.

15. The chance to help others, and truly touch the lives of the people in this world that need it most.

16. A few lucky guys along the way that will respect her, be honest with her, adore her, and make her smile.

17. Moments when she can feel invincible.

18. Night swims in the ocean.

19. Concerts that bring music into her chest and rattle her senses.

20. Kisses that make her heart stop.

21. Strong cups of coffee for the long days.

22. Tall glasses of wine for the hard days.

23. A career worth falling in love with.

24. The ability to see how powerful she is as a woman.

25. The understanding that she will always have family to fall back on when life seems to get out of control.

26. Plenty of sass.

27. Enough toughness to fight back, and to always stand up for herself.

28. A true understanding of what beauty is, and where it really exists.

29. Lots of pizza.

30. Memories and crazy stories that last a lifetime.

31. A place or city that she can be completely enthralled with and spend many of her days living in that magic.

32. A safe place to call home.

33. A multitude of girls’ nights spent out on the town turning heads, or curled up in pajamas watching Netflix with Ben and Jerry’s.

34. The fortitude to keep move forward after a few idiots break her heart.

35. The fearlessness needed to fall in love again.

36. Enough cold days to make her appreciate the sunny ones.

37. The time and motivation to continue to indulge in all of her hobbies and interests.

38. People she can call when she is feeling lost, other than me, of course.

39. The wisdom to understand a greater purpose in life.

40. The belief that she never has to rush any stage of her life, and that she should be able to enjoy all of them for the wonders that they each possess.

41. Exposure to some of the world’s most unique and time-honored displays of artistic splendor. May she read the greatest novels, witness the most acclaimed theatrical performances, and be moved by remarkable artwork. May she always appreciate their brilliance.

42. Immeasurable moments of pride that she can have in herself and in her accomplishments.

43. The faith needed to be able to sustain any religion of her choice that may give her a sense of purpose and love.

44. People who will teach her new ideas, and constantly provide her with new perspectives.

45. Knowledge that intellectually challenges her, and inspires a hunger for wisdom inside of her.

46. The wedding she has always dreamed of, which I am sure I will be personally aiding in the production of.

47. A man I can confidently say will love her forever, and give her all that she needs in this world. A man I can raise my glass to at that reception, and give my baby sister away to, knowing that he will be a devoted husband, and best friend to the most important thing I have in my life.

48. Little children that look just as beautiful as she is, with big sparkly eyes and hearts of pure gold. May her children grow to see the incredible woman they were blessed with, and go on to spread the amazing joy she will teach them.

49. May they have family movie nights, little soccer games, long days at the amusement parks, Christmas mornings awoken by screams of excitement, tear-filled graduations, and enough hugs and kisses to fill my sister’s heart. May they overcome the hard times, and keep each other close.┬áMay she raise her children to love each other as much as I love her.

50. My lasting love. May she always understand that I will be here forever. I will be there when she moves into a crappy little apartment, to order pizza and eat it on the empty living room floor. I will be there to plan a ridiculous bachelorette party where we are way too loud and think tequila is a good choice. I will be there to toast to her marriage. I will be there sobbing as I hold my little niece or nephew with more love than I can even comprehend. I will be there when our kids are growing and we have to call each other and laugh at the ridiculous things they do. I will be there through career changes. I will be there as we grow old and start to develop smile lines from our years of laughter. I will be there when we have no one in our family left, but the two of us.

I held her in my arms the day she was born, and I will hold her forever. That is my final wish, and promise, for my remarkable little sister.


This is for all of the sisters out there that are loving and hoping for each other. Sometimes we forget to remind our sisters that we are constantly dreaming for them, and for the beautiful life they deserve.

What's your reaction?


  • Beyond the picket fence
    Posted November 24, 2014 8:51 pm 0Likes

    I’m sure the universe is listening and if it is can I ask for the same for my daughter.

  • cierrajoyeux
    Posted November 24, 2014 10:14 pm 0Likes

    This is gorgeously written and so true to my wishes for my own little sister. Thank you!

  • sbayles2014
    Posted November 24, 2014 10:33 pm 0Likes

    Reblogged this on TeaWithSuga and commented:
    Love these words! Makes me want to write a similar list for my elder sister.

  • Divyani Nag (lighturmind)
    Posted November 25, 2014 3:56 pm 0Likes

    So thoughtful and beautifully put in words!

  • Kelly
    Posted November 25, 2014 11:26 pm 0Likes

    I cried. I am so lucky to have a big sister who cares about me like you care about your sister. It’s such a blessing!

  • Alaina Blay
    Posted November 26, 2014 8:03 am 0Likes

    Beautiful post. I’m an older sister also and I too wish every single one of these on this list for her!

  • Grammar Changeling
    Posted December 3, 2014 12:56 am 0Likes

    Reblogged this on The Grammar Changeling.

  • Marlen
    Posted December 3, 2014 10:22 am 0Likes

    This is great!

    • Aunty Shar
      Posted December 5, 2014 1:08 pm 0Likes

      Made me cry!!!!!!!!

  • Dana Carson
    Posted December 12, 2014 8:04 pm 0Likes

    Oh Laurissa my beautiful granddaughter. How more could you honor your sister Gab more than with what you just posted here? Yes Grammy is crying. But with tears of happiness as I’m so proud of my two girls!!

  • Cheryl Lynn Van Pelt
    Posted December 19, 2014 11:44 am 0Likes

    With you by her side, she will be an amazing woman…. Just like you!

  • amberbrown11
    Posted December 21, 2014 1:07 am 0Likes

    Reblogged this on My Blog.

  • audrey lynch
    Posted January 3, 2015 11:01 pm 0Likes

    We all wish all those things for you Livvy. Thanks for posting that Bailey. It is beautiful. We love you both.

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  • Paula
    Posted January 15, 2015 7:01 am 0Likes

    This is simply all I want for my 11 years old sister. And, specially, I want to be always on her side.

  • David
    Posted February 10, 2016 9:30 am 0Likes

    good luck

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