Happy New Year, Front Porch Fam! We have been radio silent enjoying this crazy month with our families and we are so excited to kick off 2019 with a bang! There is no better post to start us off- than a birthday tribute for the better half of this website, my sis- Amberly.
A lot of you know Amberly, but many of you may not. In honor of her 30ish birthday 😜 I thought I’d introduce her to you the way I know her. Here are the Top 5 reasons I celebrate Amberly on her birthday….
She’s my best friend.
Having a sibling born at 7 years old can definitely rock anybody’s world, but Amber prayed for me and embraced me. We’ve been best friends ever since (give or take a few years during her high school 😂). But especially when she moved to college and I got a little older, she taught me everything from hair tips to makeup to boys and everything in between. Now as adults, even though we live 6 hours apart, she’s my absolute best friend. I tell her everything and admire and respect her opinion on pretty much everything (except football, but we agree to disagree.) I’m so grateful to have a ride or die, and even more grateful that it gets to be my sister.
She’s got a “touch” of OCD.
You will never meet anyone that gets more joy out of organized cabinets and a closet arranged by Roy G. Biv than Amberly Collins. If her world is organized, then her brain is peaceful. Now, having 4 small children has definitely challenged this part of her in the last 10 years, but she’s figured out the things she can control and she’s mastered them. I’ve never met someone that can juggle so many irons in the fire at once like she can. Sometimes she can get discouraged if she feels like she’s not firing on all cylinders and doing life well, but I’m telling you, as an insider observer and even when life gets chaotic, she does it pretty near perfectly.
She taught me everything I know about event planning.
Maybe because of that “touch” of OCD, she found her niche pretty early in her professional life. Over 15 years ago she started planning and coordinating events of all sizes and importance- and she was REALLY good at it. Whether it was a wedding, a society gala, or a fundraiser for a non-profit organization- her events were planned and executed to perfection. As a young college student living close to her, I would come with her and help with her events. I thought of it as a fun way to hang out and make some extra money, but it turned into so much more. From watching her and learning from her, I fell in love with it too. Now, so many years later- we run an event like a well-oiled machine. With just a look, we know what the other is thinking, and we get it done. We each do many of our own events, but any opportunity we get to do them together- we jump at the chance and make it happen.
She births really cool babies and she’s a great mom.
I won’t ever forget the day that Wil Franklin Collins was born over 10 years ago. The feeling of sitting in that hospital room holding that precious tiny nephew changed my life forever. I have never been more proud of Amber and Matt, and never more proud to be an aunt. Now here we are 10 years later with our slew of miracle babies from big boy Frankie, to our comedian Henry, and our sweet baby girls, Sarah Cate and Callie Rose. Amberly is an amazing mom who dedicates all of her time to her family. She parents each child differently according to what each of them need, and when she’s not with them she’s constantly working on bettering herself for them. I’m so proud of her and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have these babies in my life and to learn from Amber as a mom. I’ve held a lot of titles in my day, but one of the greatest will always be WhitWhit.
She’s blazed the trail for my infertility journey.
That leads me to this. For many many years I watched my sister struggle and walk the road of all the pokes, prods, pain, and uncertainty of infertility. Because of this, and also knowing my mom struggled too- I expected to have some similarities in my own journey. Now on year 6 of my journey, I can absolutely tell you that there is no way we would have made it this far had it not been for Amberly. She paved the way, she knows how it feels and she has walked me through it all. To have someone who can empathize, give advice/wisdom that’s actually relevant, and cry/pray/laugh with you is invaluable. There is no doubt in my mind that when the day comes that we have our miracle baby, that she will be right by my side with as much pride and gratitude as we have. I’m so grateful for you, Amber, and I’m certainly ready for you to take up your aunt duties 😍 From not knowing if she would ever have babies, to now being like the woman in the shoe and having more babies than she knows what to do- she has a heart for women all over the spectrum and she ministers to them well.
There are many things and ways I admire my big sis, but these are just a few. We celebrate you today Amber! And we thank the Lord for your life! Happy birthday. Wishing you the best year you’ve ever had. ❤️ Love, Whit
(And one glamour shot for the road ^^ 😂 love you!)