Of course, the early years were spent bossing her around and forcing her to perform mediocre choreography to even poorer musical selections. But even though she was younger, I never found her to be the "annoying" younger kid type. There was something about her that always drew me towards her and liked having her around.
I could write a novel outlining all of the memories we have together. The dozens upon dozens of trips to the lake, the impromptu dance parties (in conjunction with some pretty amazing music videos/karoake numbers), the meals we have shared, the holidays spent in one another's company (hello thanksgiving throwdown and christmas cookie contest), the convertible rides with the top down...too many to even being to recollect.
But apart from the fact that she is "here to have a good time and not going to apologize for it," her presence in my life has provided far more than fun. Without a doubt, she is constantly in "eucharisteo" (communion) with Christ. There doesn't appear to be a situation or a given moment that she is not attempting to bring Christ in or look through it with an eternal lens. She is consistently pointing me to Christ and always endeavoring to show me His love. God has used her in my life to reveal so much of Him and I can express no higher sentiment.
So my dear fuzz, I wish with everything in me that I could be with you, reenacting the scene below and toasting to your life. However, in my absence, I send you love and prayers. I pray the Lord would pour out His love on you in a very special way. May this new year in your life be filled to overflowing with grace, hope, mercy, peace and joy. Cheers to another beautiful year for a beautiful soul. Happy Birthday, E!!!