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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Dear Baby Brother,

Dear baby brother,
Today, you'll pack up your car and head to school to start a new chapter of your life.

It's not fair, really, how fast you grew up. I remember how excited I was when I got to hold you for the first time. The doctors suited me up like I was one of them, and I was so excited to meet you!

Despite our age gap, we became so close, so quickly. I wanted to protect you. I may have only just turned 6, but I knew that I would do anything for you at that young age.

I don't remember us having one of those relationships where we fought much. Sure, we had our days, but who didn't? I always remember being so excited when we got to spend time together.
Which still holds true to this day, by the way.

I remember the first time we moved, and we both had to go to a different school. I remember sitting in Nanny and Buddy's bedroom upstairs as I reminded you everything would be alright and that one day, you wouldn't even remember the anxiety you felt before that first day. You'd make fast friends, because you were such an awesome kid. That's exactly what happened.

Fast forward a few years and you moved back to your old school. You picked up right where you left off. Entering high school as a Freshman, drumsticks in hand, and deciding to give band class a try.

You were a natural. The whole family would come to your concert nights and leave feeling inspired. You were growing in your talents SO quickly!

It's been so fun to do life together and to be there for each other through literally everything. The worst of the worst and the best of the best.

You were there after Caleb and I got engaged on the beach...

and you were there to watch me say I do...

I've watched you grow up and get your license...

I've watched dozens of concerts you've participated in...

I've watched you lead your school as the Captain through the streets of Downtown celebrating our city...

I've watched you get ready for your first Prom...

We've been on countless vacations together... staying up way too late paying video games and eating as many crab legs as we could...

I even watched as you gave our Dad the sweetest best man speech...

Getting to watch you walk across that stage to receive your diploma was also one of the coolest things ever.

But I think my favorite part of all your life has been watching you grow in your relationship with The Lord.

Brandon, when this world fails you (and it will), remember to stay strong, and push forward. My prayer for you is that you would hang on when things get tough. Pray every single day. Give thanks for the little things like hot water, a car to drive, and food every morning. Be the guy who introduces himself to the kid who looks lonely. Pay it forward. Write letters just because. Study hard. Make memories. BE YOU! Because truly, you're amazing.

I write this with a lump in my throat because you're officially old enough to be on your own. It scares me a little, but I'm so excited for you. Brandon you have SO much ahead of you and I pray that you remember you potential every single day. Always know that Caleb and I are here for you, no matter what.

We're so thrilled for you! Enjoy this new adventure, and have fun, because it'll go by fast! I can promise you that.

I love you more than you know, Bran!


  1. Well I am officially crying at my desk...SO SWEET!!!!!! He is so lucky to have you as his sister and Caleb as his BIL. My younger sister started college a year ago today (popped up on my Timehop this morning lol) and it was an emotional day for me, too. Good luck to Brandon as he starts this exciting new chapter in his life.


  3. Happy birthday to your brother!!

  4. From one amazing young lady to one amazing young man. I saw both,of you grow up. So blessed to know you both. Brandon, good luck at school. Kayla, good luck at life. Hugs and love to you both.
    Margie (from Heatherstone)

  5. My brother and I are 9 years apart and I love him something fierce. He is everything I want Connor to be one day and so much more. He just started his second master's program at OU (in Athens) and while he might just be 2 hours from me, I being able to see him as often as I once did when he did he first master at UD.

  6. Good luck to your brother! Your relationship is so awesome!

  7. Of course I picked your blog to read at teaching and am teary up. Thanks ;)

    Where's he going to school at? Best advice, have him stay active and get involved with things at school, he'll love college...and if you think you guys are close now, just wait until he's gone, you'll become even closer!

  8. Isn't it crazy how much life you've been through together already?!!! Here's to more great memories and adventures!! I hope you get to visit him at college real soon :) I hope your grandparents are doing ok as empty nesters now too!! :)

  9. Wow! This was beautifully written Kayla! Such a sweet letter to your brother.

  10. Kayla, I love you so much. I saw Brandon reading something on his phone. We were unpacking all his things and getting him set up in his room. I said "What are you reading?" His response was Kayla's Blog. We continued on with our work. I left him. I hated it but I did it. :) It wasn't until I got home and sat down after a very hard day

  11. It was then I read your blog. Beautiful. I love the fact that you and Brandon are so close. I have had the pleasure of seeing you both grow up together and the LOVE that is between you two. That will never be shaken or broken. You need each other and I know that you will always have each other's backs. I love you both so much.

  12. I so so sooo love the sweet relationship you and your brother have. Those kinds of relationships are very rare and treasured. Best of luck to him in his new adventures!

  13. This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

  14. Man, I must have something in my eye... This is so sweet. Your relationship is so special - not all sibling bonds are this close! I wish him the best of luck at school (I mean, he chose the best one). ;) Also, his baby pictures?! What a cute, little chunk!


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