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Tuesday, November 18, 2003

My little sister Theresa had to write a bio of the saint whose name she chose as her confirmation name, and on the person she chose as her sponsor. She asked me, and wrote the following:

"The person I chose for my Conformation sponsor is my sister, Elizabeth. She was born March 17, 1984 to two chemists. She is the oldest of four and loves her siblings very much and makes them all feel special for who they are. In dealing with ulcerative colitis and many stomach illnesses as a child, she thought she wanted to be a doctor like all those who had helped her.
Elizabeth attended grammar school at Our Lady of Mount Virgin, graduating in 1998 and receiving the Literature and Science awards. She then entered Bishop Ahr high school in the fall. She then realized her love for science and math through her aunt and mother, both teachers at the school. She also developed a deep love for helping people in need. She sang at nursing homes during the holidays, volunteered at many shelters, helped coordinate clothing drives, and tutored peers in science and math.
She graduated as salutatorian of her class in 2002, receiving both the Math and Science Academic Awards, but she regarded her Christian Service Award for a four-year total of 250 hours as even more significant. Keeping with the tradition of her Catholic education, she attended Villanova University on a full scholarship. She was still interested in science, but no longer had the desire to be a doctor. Instead she chose the major of chemical engineering to better the world of medicine through pharmaceuticals.
Currently in her second year at Villanova, she is a Engineering peer mentor, a liturgical minister at the student Masses, a volunteer tutor in chemistry, physics, and calculus. She is also a Up 'Til Dawn team leader, which writes letters asking for donations to support St. Jude's Children's Hospital. On her fall break, she went to Robbins, Tennessee to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that builds houses for underprivileged families.
In my eyes, my sister Elizabeth is one of the most amazing and compassionate people you may ever meet. I know that I am privileged to know her and that she is a very special person with a very special person with a very special purpose. I love her very much and know she will make an excellent sponsor."

She sent me this at the perfect time. I was having a rough day and she made me feel great about myself. I love her so much.

Elizabeth posted this at 7:42 PM.