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…OK, yes, my only sister, but I could not have asked for a better one. And look at this, her guest editorial celebrating the town that has become home (again) following her family’s relocation after Hurricane Katrina:

Scary? You bet! A high school senior son, a freshman daughter, their dad serving in Iraq, and each one of us trying to figure it all out and make a plan. Now, looking back, I’d like to share how it has turned out…

One thing she doesn’t mention (only because of limited space, I’m sure) is that it has also been a gift to me to have her and her family within easy driving distance. New Orleans is a great place to visit (still), but travel is expensive and/or time-consuming and I only managed the journey twice while they lived there—totally worth it, of course! Now we can meet for holidays, or milestone events like my niece’s high school graduation, or something trivial but fun like dinner and a movie.

My sister writes about the many members of the community who helped her family over the past four years. I have to point out that she has never stopped helping others herself—volunteering with MCEC an organization that supports “quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition,” with the USNA parents’ group, and her church. She’s also been a great encouragment to me when I’ve gone through trying times. Best sister ever.