Wendy Faye

Wendy Faye

My Wendy sister,

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I have always loved you.

From the beginning, you were a key factor in my life.

You were joy among packed and stacked boxes over moving time.

You were the one who made me useful and capable when I felt helpless.

You were a place for me to put my arms when I needed to hold onto something.

You were a place for me to put my love when I was too shy to show it to others.

Thank you for these things. They mean even more to me now than they did back then.

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My dear girl,

You have been tossed around like a sack of potatoes,

And you have survived.

This is something to be proud of.






That one summer awhile back, the one that I spent at Faith Builders?

I was so scared about going, and I remember hugging everyone goodbye,

And it was hugging you that finally made me cry.




It is very strange to see you so grown up these days.

However, I know from experience that it is so fun to have a little sibling grow up and grow wiser,

And so I am excited.

You may be tall now,

And you may wear cool clothes, 

And love Bourbon Street Grill,

And we may have a Christmas Starbucks tradition,

But when you laugh,

I still hear and see my little Wendy Faye.

I love it,

I love you,

And I always will



Keep growing, sister.

You are doing an excellent job. 



Photo Credit: Unfrozen Photography

Renee Nicole

Once upon a time, there was a lovely young lady named Renee. She entered the world on September 8, 2000. And you know what? The world changed that day. It got a little bit brighter, happier, kinder, and more creative. Renee just has that effect on the world. She has that effect on my world.

Renee was my very first sister. I loved having a sister Renee so much that I did not want to leave her to go to school during the day. It was actually a real problem. My poor teacher. Now the entire reason that I go to school is so that I can see Renee.

We get along fantastically now (just this past summer we decided to be twins), but it hasn’t always been that way. There were some rough years where Renee’s dramatic, affectionate side and my laidback, “afraid of showing my feelings” side didn’t mix very well, and it was hard to imagine that the two of us would ever be close friends.

And now here we are. Twins.

All I know is that I went to Faith Builders in the summer of 2013, and when I came back, there was a cute, funny, grown up Renee for me to hang out with and build a friendship with. (I won’t deny that she was cute, funny, and grown up before I left. It’s just that I realized it more after I came back.)

Renee is my little sister, but I look up to her in many ways. Her creativity is one quality that I admire about her. Renee is the sort who can paint, draw, take pictures, make videos, act, write, style hair, and put together the coolest outfits. Renee loves things that are unique. If she weren’t my sister and such a nice person, I would be downright intimidated by her.

Another admirable thing about Renee is her willingness to work hard. She chooses the big books to read. She chooses the phys-ed challenges that take a lot of energy. She pours herself into her schoolwork, and is often learning something new in one way or another. One thing that I have realized over the years is that it takes a lot of time and energy to create, whether that is writing, photography, painting, etc., but Renee makes time for it and puts effort into it anyways.

The other thing about Renee is that she has a heart of gold. I’m serious. Renee cares about people. She goes out of her way to build relationships with people and to be kind to others. She is one of the loveliest people that I know- inside and out.

I am looking forward to many more fun times with Renee. She is such a fun seester to have, and every time I see her I get all excited about being with her.

I shall leave you with a few testimonials about Renee.


Renee is an enthusiastic young woman. it inspires me how she handles her schoolwork so efficiently. When she walks into the room the mood immediately brightens. Renee and I have had many great laughs together and I look forward to many more. -Wendy (sister of Renee)


It is hard for me to review Renee. It feels like I’ve invested so much time in the development of said Renee that to either mention flaws or strengths reflects poorly or well on myself. However, I will try to be concise and uncompromised. If I had to give one word to describe Renee I probably wouldn’t do it because as a man of many words, I find that impossible. If given two words, I would choose creative and caring. Renee’s creativity manifests itself through her artistic side. Her art comes in many forms, she paints, draws, creates videos, and is also a good writer. Renee is a very caring person. She can offer you advice that it may be hard to hear and that is when you know someone cares. In conclusion, Renee is an excellent person, who I personally take responsibility for the development of. -Kenton (brother of Renee)


We were pleased with the arrival of our wide and blue-eyed baby girl. She came on September 8, 2000. I served the peach pie I made, before her birth, to her first visitors. Grandmas and Grandpas alike marveled over her sweet features.  Jasmine and Kenton had grins a mile wide and could hardly wait to hold her.  Her Mommy and Daddy were just relieved she was there safe and sound and beautiful, with no more waiting.

She liked to observe everyone and everything. Eventually, she was full of questions and wanted explanations. She was curious to try things. Somehow at age 3 or so she pulled the motorhome out of gear, at my parents, and it rolled on the road in front of their house (much to her grandmother and mother’s dismay). One time my Mom observed that she had a caring heart. She liked to help others. She would make sure everyone in the living room had a blanket and was covered up properly when she was hardly big enough to carry the blanket and walk.

We had our share of laughter and tears during the growing up years. Driving the lawnmower for the first time and throwing rocks at inopportune times are just memories now. Frustrations with siblings and parents occurred at times. Being a third child has its real challenges but she was ready for it. Determined to find her place in the world her creative spirit thrived.  Her personality coming forth, her academic skills increasing, talents in drawing, photography, and painting developing and most important of all her spiritual life was growing.  At this time of her sixteenth year, we turn to reflect on this baby, turned girl, becoming a young woman and we marvel at God’s masterpiece in progress. We love you very much. -Mom and Dad (parents of Renee)

 Some Photos: 

Dramatic Renee
Flying Sisters
Cute Renee
California Renee
Thoughtful Renee
In-the-way Renee
Squinty (but somehow still lovely) Renee
Devious Cottage Renee (PLUS check out that glasses tan.)


A Video (Featuring Renee and Created by Renee): 


Renee, you light up my life. I’m very thankful for you!