Sunday, March 6, 2011

No Friend Like a Sister

by Mary Engelbreit

Available here on Amazon.

Poster of the book cover available here at
Mary Engelbreit's online shop.

This is another of the little Mary Engelbreit gift books published by Andrews & McMeel. It is a "collection of poignant illustrations that celebrate the unique bond that exists between sisters." The words on the pages of this book totally reflect how I feel about my sister. My favorite page is the one in the mosaic above with the two sisters, one fair haired and the other dark haired, just like my sister and me.

It includes this poem by Edgar A. Guest:

I'd like to be the sort of friend
that you have been to me.

I'd like to be the help
that you've been always glad to be.

I'd like to mean as much to you each
minute of the day as you have meant,

Old friend of mine, to me along the way.

By Edgar A. Guest

As you can tell from the photo,
this sweet baby girl was born some years ago.

Happy Birthday, Sis.
You are truly a blessing in my life.



The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Happy birthday to your sister. My husband's is tomorrow.

  2. Happy Birthday to your sister! Today is my daughter's birthday - 24 years old.
    Sisters are such a gift - they know one so well and seem to sense when they're needed.

  3. Happy Birthday to your sister! I have 5 I know what you mean.

  4. :) Thanks/Love you dearly :)

  5. What a sweet picture! Which were you the younger or older? I have 3 sisters and I'm in the next to the youngest. I love when we get together. Blessings Debbie

  6. This is so sweet. Happy Birthday to her.

    My Blue Monday.

  7. Birthday greetings to your sister! What a sweet post!
    Happy Blue!

  8. Happy b-day to your sister, my mother's b-day will be on Wednesday but we celebrated it yesterday. Happy blue monday too! BTW, I am your newest folower,hope you could drop by and follow me as well tnx!

  9. Very sweet post. I love the poem. Happy Birthday to your sister!


  10. Happy Birthday to Sis! Makes me want to sing "Sisters, Sisters...."

  11. Happy Birthday to your sister! What a sweet way to honor her. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I am jealous! I wish I had a sister! Very sweet post!

  13. It sounds as if you and your sister are close; good for both of you!

    Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday, Sarah.

  14. Sisters are the best. Happy birthday to yours!

    Have a great week.


  15. Happy Birthday to your sister. Cute post.

  16. Oh I love these sweet sentiments!

    I am having a hilarious Linky party with prizes this Wednesday. Details are on the blog today.
    I hope you'll join in on the fun.

  17. I have two sisters and we are still very close. So many families have issues and never see or communicate with their families. Nice knowing you are one of the lucky ones.

  18. What a lovely tribute to your "baby" sister, my sisters birthday is on Friday.
    The b/w photo of your mother & her 2 girls is wonderful.

  19. Tis the season for birthdays. A couple of them were announced at church yesterday and our oldest will turn 20 later this month.
    Happy Birthday to your sister!!

  20. Sarah, your sister and I share a very close birthday, mine is tomorrow. I think she is lucky to have you for a sister, and I'm sure it works the other way around.
    Unfortunately, I am an 'only'. But sometimes that can't be helped.

    Love the photo of your mother and you two.

  21. Awww, what a sweet post Ms. Sarah...A happy be-lated birthday to your sister...I feel the same about mine. And speaking of birthdays, just wanted to drop by and thank you for your kind birthday wishes...I have a little message for you over at my blog. Hope you can come. Have a wonderful day.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  22. Happy birthday to your sister! This is such an adorable photo of you, have the same sweet face as you did as a child.

    Your new blog header is beautiful! What a wonderful gift to win.

  23. Wonderful and warm birthday wishes!

    i'm your new follower!

  24. I adore M.E.! Her art is so darling. I miss her magazine something terrible.

  25. Aw, I love the family photo and I love M.E. Happy Blue Monday.

  26. Lovely post to your sister Sarah!!
    I always envy people who have a sister!
    I wish I had one!!

    Love your banner!!

    Pamela xo

  27. I am the youngest of 4 girls, so I know sisters! What a sweet post. My bday is today, spoke to my sisters!

  28. I just posted directions on how to piant the checked coasters...drop by again and see how they are done...thanks for your interest!

  29. happy birthday to you sister, very true sister is your bff forever and ever

    My Blue Monday

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  30. Happy Birthday to your sister. I sure know the joy of having and the sorrow of losing my only sister to breast cancer. She was 32 and I 34. Been 28 years ago and still hurts every day. Love your mosaic.

  31. Sarah, We are truly kindred spirits, from our collectibles to our special sisters. If it is your sisters birthday, I know you both are celebrating. I'm sending your special "sis" birthday greetings. I love the Mary Engelbreit sister book your showing, and thanks for sharing your family photographs.

    The French Hutch

  32. Happy Birthday to your sister! My sister is MY best friend! Love your sweet mosaic! ♥

  33. Sisters are just special aren't they? I love all four of mine so very much!
    I hope your sister has a great birthday weekend with you. Enjoy!

  34. I have two daughters who would certainly agree with the title of your book. I have always been so grateful for their special relationship.

  35. Aren't you two adorable holding your dolls! Happy Birthday wishes for your sister~ what a perfect book!

  36. Love Mary Engelbreit! This looks like a marvelous book - sisters are wonderful!
    by the way - love your new look!

  37. It's only my sister & me, neither of us could have children.

    You don't know as little girls what the future brings.

    We have each other.

    A blessing.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  38. Sarah ~ I thought of you today in the farm store ... the hyacinths filled the air.

    So love this picture, wonderful poem. Love Mary Engelbreit, anything.

    Just wanted to pop by & thank you for your sweet wishes for my husband. He is not out of the woods yet with another surgical procedure in a few weeks again. He is doing fine tho under the circumstances. You truly moved me & for you I am thankful.

    Have a beautiful day ~
    TTFN ~

    CSN GIVEAWAY ends 3/17

  39. Thanks so much for stopping by my garden for a touch of SPRING!

  40. Happy Birthday to your sister...I hope she had a lovely birthday. How fortunate you are to have a sister...I always wished I had one. Your picture of your mom and the little ones is so sweet with a sweet little poem also.

    I hope you are having a great week.

  41. Dear Sarah,
    I hope your sister had a wonderful birthday and that hopefully you live close enough to celebrate together.
    I so love the poetry of Edgar A. Guest and the poem that you shared with us is one of my favorites.
    Thank you for joining us for ME Monday.

  42. This was such a touching post Sarah. I LOVE that photo of your mother with you and your baby sister. What a beautiful little family. laurie


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