I am blessed. My life has been enriched by sisters. As the oldest of six kids, our house was never quiet or still. Today, we’ve flown from the nest and my three brothers are spread out all over the US, but my sisters… ah, yes, my sisters. 🙂 They are nestled right here in Virginia. Close enough for us to get into trouble with each other and far enough to give each other space and breathing room.

As a child, I remember  being told, “There is something special about sister, just wait until you’re older, you’ll see.” I frowned and grimaced as I changed their diapers and helped pick up their toys thinking to myself, “No way. They’re such babies.” My sisters, you see, were seven and twelve years my junior and in childhood, that is quite a spread.

It wasn’t until we all reached adulthood that we started really bonding. Now we are all married and have children and even though we may not always agree, we understand each other.

Each one of us is opposite of the other. How you can have three opposites, I’ll never know. If you ever figure out that one, tell me.

However all of us have one huge blaring thing in common. We are, all three of us, married to farmers. Yep, that’s right, we’re all farmer’s wives. We understand what it means to be widowed during hay season and have our hubbies underfoot when it snows. We understand that there is no such thing as beach vacations, because it’s summer after all!

And not only are we all three married to farmers, but we are all three connected to Polyface in a very real, heart-throbbing way. I’m married to Daniel and both of my sisters are married to Polyface apprentices. How did that happen?

I don’t know! I guess there is just something about the girls in my family and these really cute Polyface farm boys. (sorry, guys, I’m all out of sisters) 🙂

Laura, seven years my junior and child number four in our family, married Jordan Green. I have never let Jordan live their story down, because Jordan invited himself to our wedding. He was an intern here when Daniel and I got engaged and his “term” ended just before our wedding so he asked to come down to Texas with Daniel for our wedding. (yep, I‘m a was a Texas girl). Jordan claims that the only reason he made friends with my sister is because Daniel and I were too busy making eyes at each other and they both needed someone to talk to. Hmm…

And Amy, twelve years my junior and the baby of the family, married Nathan Vergin. Nathan stayed on an extra year as an apprentice manager and Amy just happened to be staying the summer with us during that time. And they just happened to hit if off and just happened to fall in love…

So now, I can say, “It’s true. There really is something special about a sister.” I love them both so very much.

I only wish that we looked like sisters…what do you think? Yeah, I know, no family resemblance at all…


Me, Laura, Amy at Laura's Bridal Luncheon 2005

Laura, Me, Amy - This year

Laura, Amy, Me (Amy's sister-in-law, Debra in back) 2009

Sisters annoy, interfere, criticize. Indulge in monumental sulks, in huffs, in snide remarks. Borrow. Break.

Monopolize the bathroom. Are always underfoot. But if catastrophe should strike, sisters are there. Defending you against all comers. ~Pam Brown

Your turn: Do you have a sister? Are you close to her? Has it always been this way?

If you don’t have a sister, do you have a sister of the heart? A friend who is close like a sister would be?

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About Sheri Salatin

Sheri is married to Daniel Salatin. She is the marketing director at Polyface Farm and stay-at-home mom of three children. Sheri is passionate about clean food and is enjoying working the land along side her husband. When not farming, Sheri can be found reading, writing, sewing, baking and serving in her church family.

4 Responses to Sisters

  1. Marci says:

    I had 4 brothers. 2 older and 2 younger. I wanted a sister, then was glad I did not have one (did not have to share my room or clothes) and now wish I had one. I love my Sister-in-laws, but they all live a different lifestyle. I do have a couple of Sister-of-the-heart, but they all live in other states. 🙂 I am glad you are so blessed. There is a family resemblance. You are all beautiful as well. I bet your parents miss you down in Texas.

  2. Alison says:

    Yes! I have two sisters, but am especially close to my older sister. We are only 18 months apart and have been inseperable our whole lives… until this year. She got married and moved across the country. I miss her so, so much. But I feel like it has been something of a blessing from God that I now focus a lot more on my relationship with my younger sister. Hopefully we will all be very close as the three of us grow into adulthood(my younger sister is still a young teenager). I can see how the 7 year spread would diminish.

  3. Annie Carlson says:

    I have a sister, 18mo younger, and a brother, 34mo younger. All three of us are very close. We grew up on the farm and were each other’s playmates. There was no asking mom or dad to go to a friend’s house. As we moved into teenager-hood, my sister and I had a very contentious relationship mostly due to both of us being competitive. She was offered a track scholarship to the college I was already attending and I thought “Man! I can’t get away from her!” But it was at college that our relationship matured and we really became best friends and remain so to this day. There is nothing like a sister! I was so glad that our third child was a girl (the oldest is a girl, then a boy) so my girls could have a sister.

  4. EllaJac says:

    I know this is a dated post, but…

    My dearest wish growing up was for a sister (not true; my first wish was that my parents would marry again, and the second wish was that my mom wouldn’t have MS). I held out hope when my dad remarried, but they never had any children together. I had one younger brother.

    Today, I am a mother of four – yes, FOUR! – daughters. What I didn’t get in my younger years is given back to me, and I get to mother *sisters* today. I’m in awe, and so very blessed. I look forward to seeing them love and support each other in the coming years. God is good. 🙂