April Pop-up Heritage Challenge - Sister
DeLoris

April Pop-up Heritage Challenge - Sister

Photo - my sisters
Sisters by Kimeric Kreations
My Sister Donna
Our mother passed away in 1957 and my father in 1962. Immediately after that, my mother's brother and
his wife adopted my sister Donna who was 2 years younger than me. I was 12 and she was 10.​
Her adopted parents (our aunt and uncle) did not want us to see Donna and she left our lives during the rest of our childhood.
When we were all adults, we were scattered to different states with our own families and careers. We would get together once every great while, but not often enough. I always missed her so very much.
Donna never had much contact with us, because of the way her adopted family felt towards us.
I've always tried to have a relationship with her, but my sister is bipolar and relationships with her is very fragile. She didn't want to disappoint me, so she did not contact me very often.
I would call or text, but she rarely answered. I understood her and I was always patient with her and knew when she wanted to call she would.
Now, I am soon to be 70 and she is soon to be 68. She lives alone and is now a part time substitute teacher.
Now, that we are “sheltered in place”, she is unemployed, home alone and very depressed.
I live alone and I have my own issues, but I have been alone for so long, it is normal for me.
We have started calling and texting daily! Yesterday we video chatted and we both cried.
This virus is an awful thing and people are dying and families are suffering.
But, I have always believed you have to find good in every bad thing.
Getting my sister back was the good thing that came out of this virus for us.
We are both blessed and thankful!
DeLoris, beautiful treasured photos and clusters and fabulous journaling! It's wonderful that you and your sister are communicating with each other during this crisis.
 
Wow DeLoris 😢 how very, very sad to not only lose your parents but also your sister and that made worse by losing her to your own family - yours is a story that most of us will only ever hear of in a movie. The lovely thing is that you’ve always been there, albeit in the background, waiting for just such a time as we are in today to be there for her. So hard that it can’t be in person but thank goodness for video calling.....and how ironic that this very thing that is keeping us all apart is now actually bringing you both together at last. Crying is good, more so when you both can do it together. Thinking of you DeLoris and hope and pray that this makes you both stronger together. Congratulations for the GSO
 
DeLoris I was moved by your story about your upbringing and the time you were not close to your Sister because of circumstances with her health and you not being allowed to see her my heart goes out to both of you to think that this virus which has separated so many families has brought you and Donna closer is unbelievable, I love how you designed the page with the photos the clusters and then added all the journaling Thank you so much for joining in with the challenge I can relate to your story so much you also deserve the GSO that Karen gave to you Congratulations I just got pipped at the post lol.xxx
 
DeLoris, beautiful treasured photos and clusters and fabulous journaling! It's wonderful that you and your sister are communicating with each other during this crisis.
Thank you so much Grace. This aweful virus had a wonderful side effect. We are blessed! :-62
 
Wow DeLoris 😢 how very, very sad to not only lose your parents but also your sister and that made worse by losing her to your own family - yours is a story that most of us will only ever hear of in a movie. The lovely thing is that you’ve always been there, albeit in the background, waiting for just such a time as we are in today to be there for her. So hard that it can’t be in person but thank goodness for video calling.....and how ironic that this very thing that is keeping us all apart is now actually bringing you both together at last. Crying is good, more so when you both can do it together. Thinking of you DeLoris and hope and pray that this makes you both stronger together. Congratulations for the GSO
Oh my Karen, what a beautiful message. Thank you so very much! My 2 brothers are older than me. My youngest brother was sent to Reform School and my older brother joined the Marine's at 15. I was left to go from foster home to foster home. So, for us all to get back together as adults was a miracle in itself. As adults, I always had my brothers, my sister, not so much due to her adoption and mental issues . This virus has been such a blessing and I am so pleased you liked my page and letter. Thank you so very much for the GSO! Big Hugs, JA5 JA5 JA5
 
DeLoris I was moved by your story about your upbringing and the time you were not close to your Sister because of circumstances with her health and you not being allowed to see her my heart goes out to both of you to think that this virus which has separated so many families has brought you and Donna closer is unbelievable, I love how you designed the page with the photos the clusters and then added all the journaling Thank you so much for joining in with the challenge I can relate to your story so much you also deserve the GSO that Karen gave to you Congratulations I just got pipped at the post lol.xxx
Thank you so very much Poppy! I truly am so very sorry you can relate to my story. Children should always feel and be safe. Thank you for the GSO (late post). We always should look for the good and be thankful! Big Hugs to you as well! JA5 JA5 JA5
 
Such a.moving story my friend. I am glad you are now in contact with your sister. Makes me so grateful for my own childhood. I don't see much of my family any more because they are all in England and I can't travel. But we keep in contact . Beautiful photos and a gorgeous page. Congratulations on GSO xxxxx
 
Such a.moving story my friend. I am glad you are now in contact with your sister. Makes me so grateful for my own childhood. I don't see much of my family any more because they are all in England and I can't travel. But we keep in contact . Beautiful photos and a gorgeous page. Congratulations on GSO xxxxx
Thank you so much Rosie! It is good you are in contact with your family. The GSO just melted my heart! JA5 JA5 JA5
 
DeLoris, thank you for sharing your story with us. You and your siblings have been through so much trauma but it is clear you are all still in each other's hearts. I'm happy you and your sister are in closer contact. This current situation is tough on everyone but people with mental health issues are struggling all the more. Donna needs you now more than ever and this contact will be good for you too. God bless you both and congratulations on GSO.
 
DeLoris, thank you for sharing your story with us. You and your siblings have been through so much trauma but it is clear you are all still in each other's hearts. I'm happy you and your sister are in closer contact. This current situation is tough on everyone but people with mental health issues are struggling all the more. Donna needs you now more than ever and this contact will be good for you too. God bless you both and congratulations on GSO.
Thank you soo much for your comment Sherry. All of us are damaged in one way or another. I have Complex PTSD (I'm sure we all do) and I struggle every day. To have her back in my life on a daily basis means sooo much. We are "push me pull you's". We've been helping each other. We are both blessed! JA5 JA5 JA5
 
Gorgeous page and journaling DeLoris! even in chaos beautiful things happen! Happy for you! xx
Congratulations on GSO!
 
DeLoris, congrats on the GSO for your fabulous page and journaling. Stay safe and strong for each other.
 
it must have been so hard growing up under those circumstances. My heart goes out to you and your family. How special that your sister and you are now communicating! Your page is lovely, I love how you framed the journaling and the cluster work.
 

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