When I was little, there was nothing I wanted more than a younger sister.
A built in friend, someone to share secrets with, and to team up against my brothers.
I'm older now, and I cherish each of my brothers, but the yearning for a sister has never gone away, and now it never has to.
Later this weekend, my brother will get a wife... and I will get a sister.
It's a day that I have been looking forward to for more than their 14 month engagement, because for years before that, our family knew this day was an eventuality. Their love and affection is obvious.
What I hope is also obvious, is the excitement I feel for my brother and his wife-to-be, and indeed, the excitement I feel for all of us. I feel so lucky to not just love Kelly as my brother's love, but to actually adore her as a friend.
And a sister.