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Once upon a time there was this little girl named princess Heather. Princess Heather was the middle child of three girls, and often found herself thoroughly annoyed with her much older sister Holly. When you are 7 years old, and a stubborn, hard headed, know-it-all princess, having one mother to nag you over things like “don’t leave your my little ponys scattered all over the floor” and “do not roll your eyes at me” was more than enough. And having a second mother, a.k.a sister 12 years your senior, whom at the time Princess Heather was convinced loved the littlest sister more than she loved Princess Heather, also telling you to clean your room and quit with the back talk, was just downright annoying.
Eventually, older sister Holly went off to college and began her own adventures. Princess Heather continued on her quest to dominate the world, or at least her household, with her middle child attitude. Sister Holly made her appearances at holidays and special events, but Princess Heather was entering her teenage years, and thus, the universe clearly revolved around herself. Sister Holly and Princess Heather didn’t’ spend a lot of time together.
Little did Holly and Heather know what was in store for their future together.
Holly and Heather continued to grow closer over the next few years. Holly went from being an overprotective nagging mother-figure in Heather’s life, to a friend who would sit on the kitchen floor of Heather’s apartment, drinking margaritas and giggling until 3:30 am, or laughing so hard they could barely stand up over snowboarding lessons from less than amused high school boys.
One day, Holly asked non-runner Heather to join her in a half marathon. Holly offered to pay for the entire thing.
Heather accepted the offer.
And since then, they have been through so much together. Holly watched Heather become a mother, twice, and Heather watched Holly become a loving Aunt, twice.
Holly was there for Heather’s first marathon, Heather was there for Holly’s first Ironman.
Holly stood proudly by Heather’s side as she bought her first road bike. Heather stood proudly by Holly’s side as she married the man of her dreams.
A free spirit who finds an adventure wherever she may be.
A survivor, in more ways than one, who doesn’t know what it means to give up. A strong woman with the drive and determination of a true champion.
A caring, selfless person who will do anything to help another. A woman who has made a difference in the lives of so many.
Happy Birthday to the most amazing, most beautiful, most FUN woman I know! Here’s to another 40 fabulous years, and the thousands of miles and photo ops in between! I love you sister!