Last month I wrote about my three beautiful sisters (the three on the right in the photo above) that I grew up with, but today I want to talk about all of my "new" sisters. I hesitate to say new because I had relationships with most of them way before Chris and I decided to tie the knot. In high school the Redferns were the cool, loud family in my ward (church congregation). Chris is the fifth child inbetween the only girls in his family: Brianna and Haylea. His older brothers Steven, Brandon, and Josh were pretty much out of the house by the time my family moved to Northern California. So, I have gotten to know Haylea and Bree pretty well over the years.
|top to bottom, left to right: Josh, Brandon, Steven, Bree, Toni, Chris, Me, Poncho, Haylea|
I met Bree when she was a senior in high school and I was a freshman. Obviously, she has gone through a lot of changes since then, but here are some of the key things about Bree that have always remained constant. She's gorgeous, fun, outgoing, crazy (a good crazy), super loud and she stands up for what she believes in. She is amazing and inspiring! There is a reason why this girl knows EVERYBODY. Not only is she a great networker, but she is so easy to love!
Haylea was only 12 when we first met, so I have been able to see her grow up not only phsyically, but mentally and spiritually as well. Over the years we have become super close friends and I am so glad I can finally call her my sister. Haylea is one of the most thoughtful and genuine people I have ever met. She is so sweet to everyone that she meets and is always looking for some way to serve others. She is great at making people feel welcomed and loved. Plus she is beautiful!
Chris and I have been so lucky to grow up with such amazing sisters. But in addition to that, Chris's brothers have married some pretty incredible women as well.
|Lindsey, Me, Whitney, Brooke|
Brooke and Steven got together a little before Chris's mission (4 years ago) so I got to meet her before he left and got to know her a little more while he was in Mexico. She is super adorable, creative, and so so talented. My absolute favorite thing about Brooke is her ability to notice things about you and compliment them. I have noticed this countless times, probably everytime I see her. She is so good at making people feel good about themselves and she does it with such sincerity. I wish I was more like that. I also wish we lived closer to them, she is so fun to hang out with!
Brandon and Whitney got married while Chris was on his mission. Other than at the wedding and a few holidays here and there, I didn't fully get to know her until this summer when we lived with them. Whitney is one of the most loving and patient people I have ever met. She is so easy going and it's probably impossible NOT to like her. Usually when you live with people for longer than a week you start to notice little things about them that bug you (maybe that's just me...I'm a horrible person) but I couldn't tell you one bad thing about this girl. That's a great quality to have if you ask me! I will miss her so much!