Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Brotherly Love Revisited

***This was originally published March 11, 2009. These brothers are now 7 and almost 3. They've been sharing a room for nearly a year now; they still feel this way about each other (most of the time, anyway!) ***


This picture of my boys says a thousand words about the love between brothers.

Here are 13 things it says to me:
  1. These 2 brothers are now just turned 6 years old and almost 2. They will soon be sharing a room. I plan to frame this picture and hang it in their room to remind them of their love for each other!
  2. For me, a big blessing of having a 3rd child has been watching my oldest (who was a young 4 year old when his brother was born) enjoy the baby. When his sister was born he was just 2 and too young to really get the big brother role.
  3. My oldest began praying for a baby brother months before my husband and I even had made the decision to try for a 3rd child.
  4. At the end of most days, my oldest still prays, "Thank you for my baby brother" and it just makes all the work of the day caring for 3 little kids so worth it!
  5. I love the way my baby's arms are really hugging onto his big brother's arm. And now that he is almost 2, the infatuation is still there -- Oh how he loves his "Brober"!
  6. When Big Brother comes home from kindergarten and sits down at the table with his homework sheet and a pencil, Little Brother runs to get some paper and crayons and sits down next to Big Brother to work alongside him!
  7. It is not a fun day for mom, however, when Little Brother gets overly zealous and colors on Big Brother's homework sheet!
  8. Think how much they will learn from each other over the years!
  9. "Sibling relationships - and 80 percent of Americans have at least one - outlast marriages, survive the death of parents, resurface after quarrels that would sink any friendship. They flourish in a thousand incarnations of closeness and distance, warmth, loyalty and distrust." ~Erica E. Goode, "The Secret World of Siblings," U.S. News & World Report, 10 January 1994
  10. A great quote, “Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.” ~Marc Brown
  11. Another, "It takes two men to make one brother." ~Israel Zangwill
  12. Romans 12:10, "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor"
  13. 1 John 3:16, "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers."

23 comments:

  1. That's a nice picture :) It says a thousand words..and a million love.

    Happy thankful thursday!

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  2. what a great pic. #10- i have scrapbooked a page of my sons with that quote on it! def. true:) love all 13 though.

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  3. I love that Picture I have a few like it with my son and daughter, I pray everyday is for them to love eachother, and be great friends when they grow up. To be able to support eachother in times of need and to be able to celebrate together in the good times also. There is nothing like that sibling relationship.

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  4. that is precious!! and a very nice 13 things list!

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  5. I loved this post! What gorgeous love they share and what a rich bond they will have forever.
    Many blessings to you this beautiful Thursday.
    Debi

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  6. What a great post! I loved the quote on sibling relationships. I pray that it holds true for my older sister and I every day. Happy Thankful Thursday!

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  7. oh.my.land. is that just the sweetest thing or what? what a picture to treasure!!

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  8. This is the sweetest post!! our second son always followed his big brother and to this day they are very close even though they are miles apart.Thank you for this lovely post.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  9. What a sweet picture and post! I love the quote about taking two men to make one brother. We have girls at our place, wonder if I can put it takes two women to make one sister!

    Loved your list!

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  10. Wow! This is a wonderful post. A very creative way to write about your children's sibling relationship. I have said many times that one of the greatest and least talked about milestones in life is when your child becomes a big brother or sister.

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  11. precious, and that your oldest prays for his brother is just so wonderful, great job mom! ;)

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  12. What a sweet, sweet picture! I love all your thoughts about your sons' brotherhood. I have three boys, and the youngest is several years behind the older two, so we had a similar situation.

    My first two are three years apart, and though when they were little they argued over everything (even, when I split a can of Spaghettios between them, who had the most meatballs), they're the best of friends now as young men in their 20s.

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  13. That's a really sweet post, and a beautiful picture!

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  14. Priceless...beautiful...what it is all about...

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  15. Awww! What a wonderful picture! I love that you're going to hang it in their room. I have one that's special in the same way which I have hanging in our hallway.

    Have you seen the poem, "Little Eyes"? I used it with my picture and I still smile when I stop and look at it.

    I posted the poem here...

    http://raisethemup.blogspot.com/2009/04/little-eyes.html

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  16. Beautiful. I have 10.5 month old fraternal twin boys and I look forward to more moments like these in the future. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. What a sweet post...so glad that I stopped by...Doing a little blog hopping...I have 2 GREAT GIVEAWAYS that I will draw for on Sunday night...so hope you will stop by.....

    Teresa
    http://teresa-grammygirlfriend.blogspot.com/

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