The Storyteller

Today when Zoe jumped in the car at school pickup, she launched into a story practically gasping for air in between details. Her little mouth is clearly working much slower than her brain would like, but the words just trickle off of her tounge without barely waiting for the rest of her to catch up. Her big brother won a drawing in school for tokens earned, something he’s been waiting for since last year in first grade. She’s so proud of him that she doesn’t let him tell the story, and he doesn’t intervene.

He can tell that she is bursting with joy for him.


Their classrooms are right across the hall from each other. When the class lists were chosen and displayed the day before school started this year, I couldn’t believe that they would be so close to one another, despite being a year apart in grades. Every single day when I drop them off, I’m grateful that they’ll be so close and will know where each other is. In a world of uncertainty, it’s things like this that I hold on to tightly.

They were born 19 months apart, but the time between them feels incredibly insignificant with regard to their relationship. They are like twins, as thick as thieves. Always having each other’s backs, though often silently. I know that they protect and care for each other when I’m not around, and that to me is one of the best parts of motherhood.

There are nearly six years between Zoe and Evangeline, and I wonder every day what their relationship will be like.


Zoe is so protective and nurturing. Her role in the family changed when Evvie was born, but not just in the obvious way. She is always wanting to help, and I think that Evvie knows and feels that safety from her big sister as much as I do.



She reads to her sister, her little brother, her stuffed animals, anyone who will listen. Often the stories will be the ones printed, but she would much rather make up her own. Her imagination practically leaps on to the pages, adding itself between the lines because she just can’t help herself. It’s the kind of thing I wish I could capture but I know that these times are the precious ones left only to memory.


The very best kind.

Join the Conversation


  • Zoe is pure perfection!!!!! She is so touching in her love to all the members of your family! And this is quite understandable – she is your reflection and you are a super mom! Surely, she’ll be super sister for Evvie!

  • She is the perfect little girl and a great sister!

  • I just love your blogs and always look forward to your posts! Truthfully, your blog makes me excited for motherhood (whenever my husband and I are blessed with that adventure) I have two younger sisters, I’m 6 years older than one and 16 years older than another. My 23 year old sister and I are the best of friends and we are both equally close with our 12 year old sister, just in a different way because of her age, but I have no doubt that for the rest of our lives we will remain close and have a friendship as well as our “sisterhood”. πŸ™‚

  • People throw around the term “sweet heart” too loosely sometimes. But, it totally applies here. You can see in her eyes her sweet, protective nature. She is obviously very beautiful, but I can see in her eyes and smile that her inside matches her outside. My daughter will be 3 soon and I get so excited (and sometimes scared!) to see her at this age, and 10, and 15….. Motherhood is incredible.

  • Zoe seems to be an amazing little girl! There IS hope for the future after all πŸ™‚

  • Zoe is an absolute delight….. pure joy and breath of fresh air…
    Tape her, Momma! turn on the phone and just record snippets of her energy when she is reading to the world. (and then share with us, please!!!!)

  • What an absolute sweetheart! I love your families dynamics.

  • The first words to come to my mind were simply precious!!! Like the other reader said said, she is a sweet heart!!! I love her how she relates to all her siblings, your whole family touches my heart. Thank you for sharing your family with us every day. And I am also a dog lover!!! Love that pretty boy Beau!!!

  • Zoe is so special. That girl is going to change the world!

  • What a blessing! Zoe for you, and you for sharing her with us!! You bring smiles to my face and heart daily. Thank you!!

  • So, so beautiful dear Jessica. ☺️

  • Zoe is so beautiful and you can just see her love of life shining through. She and Evvie will have a very special bond!

  • All I can say about this post is AWWWW!

  • I am almost 6 years older than my sister, and although we had some rougher moments when the age difference seemed more like eons. We are best friends now and i wouldn’t trade her for anything

  • My girls are almost seven years apart (brother in between) and they are now 25 and 18. They are different in many ways and don’t even live in the same state right now but they are the cutest sisters you can imagine. Yours will be too, I’m sure of it!

  • They will find their place in each other’s hearts. It took us more than 20 years but my sister is my best friend, and she is 6 years older than me πŸ™‚

Follow @mommasgonecity on Instagram