barbara: I follow both of your blogs and really enjoy them, and your mother's sweet comments. I don't blog, but I do have a sister (and a brother). Unfortunately, we are not close and this is sad for me. How do you maintain your long-distance relationship? (I am in MI and my sister is in OH.) What is your age difference? (I am 7 years younger than my sister.) The only thing we have in common is being in the same family . . .
Michelle: Were you and Monica close as children? I'm wondering if your parents did anything in particular that helped you to cultivate a strong relationship, or if it was something that you grew into as adults?
Ruth: I don't remember intentionally working to foster a close relationship between Monica and Carrie, but we did do quite a few things together as a family (camping is an example). We also had a foster daughter in our home for 2 1/2 years (she was younger than M&C) -- I believe that experience created a bond between them as sisters as well.
Carrie: "Growing into our relationship as adults" is an accurate description. We've only gotten closer as we've become wives and moms, and also moved far away from one another.
Carrie--I taught 8th grade reading and writing for a year, before deciding to return to my alma mater as a women's dorm director. I then worked at the college in student programming and public relations until Nathan was born.