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Wedding Storytime

My twin sister got married Saturday, June 18, 2016. What. A. Day. Katie truly deserved the best day ever, and I believe she got that! You see, when you have a twin sister with a chronic disease, you have to grow up pretty fast.  I know that even though I'm the one with the disease, growing up wasn't easy on her, either. I got lots of extra attention she didn't get (not good attention, but still attention). I needed her to be strong many times, even when it was hard. And I counted on her to help me stay healthy, help me catch up on school work, and sometimes miss out on fun stuff to be with me. Katie is the most supportive, most protective, most caring sister I know. There was never a time she refused to step up and be there for me. My sister is truly incredible, and I'm so glad we could make her day so special.

I was feeling pretty good during the whole rehearsal and getting ready the next day. However, the second I walked into the chapel heading down the aisle before …

MOH toast

I had the honor and the joy of being my twin sister's maid of honor for her wedding yesterday. It was so much fun, and I can't believe it's over. One of the important jobs of being MOH is giving a toast. For all you people who are curious what I said in my toast, this blog is for you! Enjoy reading the speech I gave for my awesome, fun, kind, loving twin and her now husband!

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As most of y'all know, I'm Katie's twin sister, Emily. Growing up with a twin is a huge blessing. Katie was the only person my age who I knew I could count on for absolutely everything at every single stage of life. We may have had our fights--okay, we definitely did have our fights--but at the end of the day, I knew she still loved me and I loved her. I remember several conversations about our future weddings and what our future grooms would be like. To be honest, it's strange that's she's now a Mrs! It feels like yesterday we were just dreaming of all this. Katie is on…

Pain and Truth

There's a lot of hurt in this world. Whether that be because of a disease, like cystic fibrosis, or because of evil, like gunmen who kill innocent civilians, or from our own sins, like selfishness, jealousy, or lashing out in uncontrollable anger, we live in a very broken, fragmented world. This isn't how this world was meant to be. This is not what God intended originally. After the fall, sin and pain and struggle entered this world. However,  God promises that, through accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior, we will live in eternity with Him in absolute paradise. But until then, we experience grief and hardships. As I reflect on how much pain is in this world, my heart turns to God for comfort and peace. I came across this song today, and I thought I would share it with all of you. The lyrics give me power in my weakness and hope in the darkness. Let these words cover you in truth and hope.

"In Christ alone"

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my str…