Photo Credit: Jessica Rockowitz Photography + Film

Sisterhood is powerful. There are two types of sisterhoods, those that are created when sisters are in the same family and those that are created when a friend becomes family. While I have a few very close friends, I’d consider family, and my little sister will always have my heart. Our sisterhood had its ups and downs, but our bond has never wavered.

How cute were we? Check out that couch, gotta love the 80s!

I was three years old when my parents brought my little sister home. My parents tell me that I was in love with her. As we grew and started going to the same school, we adventured and explored together.

It was so wonderful to have this sidekick who was stuck with me. Who made me feel brave and amazing.

Who joined me as we’d slide down the hallways of our school in socks (our mom was a teacher there). Who would giggle with me as we teased our little brother. Who would watch the Lion King with me for the billionth time. As we got older, we weren’t always the best of friends. There were times where our differences brought out the worst in us. It wasn’t until recently that our mom found out how aggressively we used to fight when she wasn’t around. The look of horror on her face when we confessed to her that we’d fight so bad that we’d make each other bleed brought tears of laughter to our eyes.

My sister the dancer! I was the typical emo kid.

I know I wasn’t always the best older sister. There were times where I was a role model of what not to do. I sometimes felt that my mistakes made our relationship strained, and my sister stepped away from me so that she could learn and grow on her own. Thankfully I survived my rebel years, and now I strive to be the kind of person she can look up to.

I want our relationship to grow stronger as we head into the next chapter of our lives.

My sister has already exceeded my expectations by being an amazing aunt to my daughters. She has shown me the importance of laughter and being honest about your feelings. I hope that I’ve taught her it’s okay to be yourself and do what makes you happy. I want our daughters to look up to the relationship with my sister, and I have. They should use our relationship as a basis of how sisters should treat each other (hopefully without the bleeding) and how sisters can be there for one another.

My oldest daughter with her ‘Yaya.’ One of her favorite people ever.

What is your experience with sisterhood?



Jaki was a mom working in the HR field turned to stay at home mom for two years, turned back to working mom, back to stay at home mom. (Whew!) She now spends her days trying to be the best mother to her daughters, Madi (4/2017) and Gwen (5/2019), while squeezing in relationship time with her husband, Zane. Their 3 rescued pups complete the crazy family. Together they live right on the border of Austin & Pflugerville. She loves Harry Potter, sci-fi, hiking, reading, being a vegan foodie, traveling, learning more about the HR field, figuring out how to homeschool the Montessori way, and writing about her adventures. Check out her blog at


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