Today I thought would be a perfect time to begin blogging again. It has been years since I last wrote. It is my sister, Maribel’s birthday and she is years younger than I am…but I look up to her. I have traveled and met thousands of women all over the world, but I am fortunate enough to say that my sister is the most incredible, strongest woman that I know. I call her my Warrior Girl. She has been battling kidney failure for 12 years and has had many encounters of near death experiences. Especially after getting a donor 5 years ago, months later, was diagnosed with Valley Fever. For those who have met Maribel, she never plays a victim. You would never know her daily routine in fighting for her life. She constantly rises above everything that life has thrown her and has this glow of resilience that reflects her undeniable faith. Today is very special to me. With all that we have been through together. The laughter, tears, joy, fear, and just living in the unknown of a chaotic world that we live in we share a special bond because at the end of it all we both know we can only rely on FAITH. “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1.

When you feel you have reached the point in life where you can’t seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Remember there are people out there who battle far more trials than you could ever imagine. My sister has taught me to always be grateful. To always live life like it is your last. With all that she has been through, she always wears a smile on her face. You would never know that everyday she battles to just live life another day which I believe we all take for granted.

Happy Birthday Baby Girl. You are truly a WARRIOR. Thank you for being an inspiration to all those that you meet. Every year on your birthday, you get more beautiful. Embracing life as we all should…being grateful to live fully and to inspire others to do the same. I love you more than words can say<3

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