Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pride and Joy

My baby brother got inducted into National Junior Honor Society yesterday. Thankfully I could attend since my boyfriend's flight didn't arrive until 8:35 pm.

When my parents asked me if I was willing to help my brother with adjusting to going to school to America, I was overwhelmed with the task. On one hand, I was nervous I would fail and make mistakes. On the other hand, I wondered if it would affect my relationship with my boyfriend. I discussed it with my boyfriend and thankfully, he was receptive to the idea. I am just so lucky to have a supportive boyfriend. He balances my overprotective tendencies and he calms me down when I feel super stressed.

I haven't lived long term with my brother since he was four years old (that was when I left to attend college). I saw him a few months of the year during vacations but for the most part, I only played the doting sister from afar. He practically grew up an only child since my sister and I are closer in age.

It's been fun getting to know him this year on a new level. I diligently report back to my parents and sister about his progress. I'm also very good about keeping in touch so I webcam with my parents on a daily basis. I make sure they know all about what's going on in my brother's life including both high points and low points.

I am very good about taking photographs in general but with my brother, I take even more pictures and make sure I post regularly on Facebook and my parents' wall to make sure they know what's going on.

I've learned new things about myself through taking care of a pre-teen also. I also learn new skill sets. Yesterday, I learned how to tie a double windsor knot. Prior to this, I have never tied a tie in my life. I remember my dad showing me when I was younger but it never stuck.  

If my boyfriend was in town, he would have tied it for me and I would have never learned. 

Not to shabby right?

I got a picture of the cake before hoards of children beelined for it!

Receiving his certificate.

Since my brother is the baby in the family, all of us dote on him yet he feels the pressure of all eyes on him. He's also the youngest grandchild with nephews and nieces closer to his age.

My dad was so proud he got into NJHS and he loves it when people think my brother looks like him. He saw what he wore to the ceremony and was QUICK to reply, "I HAVE A SIMILAR OUTFIT!"

Lo-and-behold this morning, I get an e-mail with pictures to prove this statement.

Between my dad who loves to go into philosophical lectures and my mom who overshares on Facebook, there is never a dull moment in our family.

I find it so odd when people asked me if I was jealous of my brother. Having a new baby in the family was something both my sister and I were THRILLED about. We were curious and excited. It also kept our parents off our backs for a long time since they were preoccupied :)

I love my family!


  1. Congratulations to your brother! Your Dad is adorable in that photo :)

  2. You have an adorable family!! Congratulations to your little brother. That is so awesome!!

    Keep focused!

  3. Aww, you must be so proud of your little brother! What an accomplishment! And you should also be proud of yourself for helping to make it happen! Props to both of you, your family and your boyfriend! They say it takes a village to raise a child, and it is so very true.

  4. Congrats to your brother. That was probably a nice moment to share with im :)


  5. beautiful family! :)

    You brothers is so adorable! Congratulation to him

  6. Ahhhwww, congrats to your brother.

  7. Awww I remember those days! Congrats to your little brother! I thought I was following your blog but I wasn't..but I am now!!! LOL!

  8. Sue (Yummy Mummy)May 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Way to go, big sister! You're doing a wonderful job with him.

  9. Your borther will never ever forget the influence you have had in his life. Be proud :) He seems like a well-adjusted, happy young man and thats partly because of you!

  10. so cute! congrats to him :)



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