To Courtney: Love, Your Sister Stephanie

After my first kiss when I was 16, I went home and first thing, called up Courtney who was attending the University of Utah in Salt Lake.  I stayed on the line with Court going over every little detail, how it was, what it was like, how long etc.  I gave her the scoop and then began to cry.  I told her how awful and awkward it was and how I hated it so much. Her advise to me was so kind and sensitive and calmed me down beyond words.  

When I was pregnant with my second baby, I took the test then called Courtney.  I am pregnant I told her!  She screamed and cried with me.  We talked about when the baby was due, where I would deliver and when I was doing to tell my husband.  She was always first to know about everything.  I ended up naming my daughter Jane after Courtney Jane.  A tribute to my sister and my advocate.

In 2008 I got in a plane crash and my sister Courtney took my three children under her wings and loved them as her own.  She does that because we are sisters who love and trust each other.  I will forever be indebted to her.  It was such a relief to know that Courtney was catering to my children as I would if I were not in the hospital.  

"That's what sisters do" she told reporters when asked why she took my children after the accident.  She is right, that is what sisters do, 

Congrats Court.  Love you!



  1. Having a sister is one of life's sweetest treats! Thank you for this beautiful reminder!

  2. I always wanted a sister and was lucky enough to have two daughters who are about 5 years apart and as close as close can be, so I can appreciate the love and caring that you two have. Such an incredible blessing!

  3. Thanks Cub. Does this mean I am your favorite sister?

    I love you too.


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