I don’t think my twin sister Sandi would mind me saying (and would agree with) that our older sister Amanda has always been the best writer out of the three of us. For Christmas 2019, me and Sandi received Train (the band) t-shirts and wine from Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. Following those gifts, we received the most special gift: acrostic poems by Amanda using Train songs “Drops of Jupiter” & “Hey Soul Sister”. I hope you as much strength and inspiration from the poems as we have.
Determined to be more than just survivors of life, we
Reach for a ray of sunshine in the darkness, and
Out pours strength from those here and gone who love us most.
Peace will find us in our weakest moments and help us
Sail across the sun.
Overcoming our obstacles, we reach the top of the mountain, free and
Journeys of 1,000 miles start with a single step forward, and we find
Unwaivering support from all that surrounds us. but we still
Pray we can live up to and fulfill all expectations.
In times of both turmoil and
Explore what both amazes and humbles us, ultimately
Realizing not all who wander are lost!
Merry Christmas Ray!
All My Love,
*Neither me or Amanda could remember how I came up with the nickname “T”, though I’ve been using it for at least 20 years.
Hope is rejoicing in times of suffering, for we know
Everything happens for a reason.
You still find yourself asking God “Why?”, but are you really ready for His answer?
Savor the unanwered prayers, for they don’t belong in our stories,
Our paths are discovered as we look to the sky for guidance.
Under the stars we can even find light in the darkness, and we remember
Life is beautiful, even when it isn’t.
Strength, our saving grace, is a state of mind,
Inspired by those who love us and those who came before us that left too soon.
Side by side, we can conquer anything,
Tomorrow is not always promised, so today we must live!
Embrace the little things that bring you joy, for someday you will
Realize they were the big things.
Merry Christmas Sandi!
All My Love,
Your Big Sis’ Amanda
(Christmas Eve from a pre-cancer year)