The only thought I have on this Thursday is that my little brother turns TWELVE!! Man, I am so very grateful for a brother like Josh. You'd think that a 10 year age difference would affect the relationship between us, but in all honesty, we couldn't be closer. I played a big role in helping raise him throughout the years, being almost like a second mother, and it resulted in such a close relationship. It also helps that he still has that carefree spirit because he can surely lift me up when I'm down or give me the best advice. I can count on my hands the amount of times we actually fought with each other throughout these 12 years... and that's pretty darn impressive. If you knew me in college, you knew that being away from my family, and especially my little brother was so hard for me. Although I ended up loving Rutgers by the time I graduated, I was still a homebody. I honestly felt like I've missed SO much throughout each school year - all the swim meets, award ceremonies, banquets, concerts... pretty much 4 years of all the little things I wish I witnessed. But coming home after college and spending this past year with Josh and my family has been the best decision I've ever made. Josh is one of the most thoughtful, sweet, and honest 12 year olds out there and I'm so proud to see what a grown, smart, handsome [pre]teen he's becoming. It's crazy to think that he'll be in high school in just two short years. I'm so thankful for a brother I not only can call family, but my very best friend.
Let's take a look back at the wonder years.
Happy 12th Birthday, Josh!