Gabrielle’s story – Twins Forever~written by Gabs :)

Well, you have the details of our birth and yes I am one minute older.

Does it make me different, more sensitive or do I make sensible or wiser decisions? Read on to find out.  When were babies, we had our own language and I think it just kept rolling from there. At times even now, other people have looked at us with puzzled expressions. It’s called a twin dialect – our own sort of accent.

I can remember back to eighteen months old, seriously. I have this quirky thing I have a very good memory. Autumn has called me “her memory”, claiming I remember more than her. In my opinion , she merely has a filter, which can be a blessing. It can be a burden to remember so much at times.

My first early memory, we were five years old and entering first grade. They didn’t have kindergarten in our small town, so we started school rather young. Well it was decided that we would be in separate classes and big mistake on their part  Autumn came and fetched me from my classroom (no fear, that girl), bravely hand in hand we marched to the principal’s office. To anyone who tried to stop us, Autumn simply stated, “we are going to see the principal, and you aren’t stopping us”; surprise, they didn’t either! Of course we got our way, Miss Autumn made sure of that and we were placed in the same classroom. We were the talk of the school for that one, even years later, the school nurse, teachers and the principal would reminiscence on our stunt.

You see the leader of “the twins”, she was from early on. Autumn is braver, gutsier than I am, certainly not evil or the bad one. I have been cautious, she’s been the risk taker. I have been the peacemaker, where she will argue the point (law background emerges) to the bitter end, for real! We have always been there for each other and that has been the forever best friend that has been such a blessing. So many stories so little time … 

We dated guys who were totally different types, and married the same way. I will just say, hers ended in divorce and mine sadly in death, but Autumn helped me through that to make me want to live. The love of her life, her fiance Craig, died suddenly from a brain aneurysm. When she lost him, the roles were suddenly reversed. It was rather scary having to bully her a bit to make her go on with this business of living. So to sum it up, Autumn got on with it. She has a heart as big as Heaven, she’s a constant support and joy!  Now does this sound like she’s the trouble maker or the “bad” one?  OF COURSE NOT!!

She is brave, determined and I love her very much.  She will be forever be the wind beneath my wings – TWINS FOREVER!!!


Wind Beneath My Wings

by Bette Midler

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.

It must have been cold there in my shadow,
to never have sunlight on your face.
You were content to let me shine, that’s your way.
You always walked a step behind.

So I was the one with all the glory,
while you were the one with all the strength.
A beautiful face without a name for so long.
A beautiful smile to hide the pain.

Did you ever know that you’re my hero,
and everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
’cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
but I’ve got it all here in my heart.
I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it.
I would be nothing without you.

Did you ever know that you’re my hero?
You’re everything I wish I could be.
I could fly higher than an eagle,
’cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

Did I ever tell you you’re my hero?
You’re everything, everything I wish I could be.
Oh, and I, I could fly higher than an eagle,
’cause you are the wind beneath my wings,
’cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

Oh, the wind beneath my wings.
You, you, you, you are the wind beneath my wings.
Fly, fly, fly away. You let me fly so high.
Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings.
Oh, you, you, you, the wind beneath my wings.

Fly, fly, fly high against the sky,
so high I almost touch the sky.
Thank you,
thank you,
thank God for you,
the wind beneath my wings.


Twins Forever~Written by Autumn Sunshine

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a twin, and identical twin?

I am a twin, my twin is named Gabrielle (like the angel) and my name is Autumn. Gabs is one minute older than me. I know one whole minute, we were delivered by Caesarean section, so to the doctor that minute was important. To all of us even our Mom we had a rough time of it. We all made it safely.

We have a lot of similarities as well as differences. It’s just how it is with twins, like with any sibiling, we are very close but we are not the same person.

We attended school in the small town we grew up in, having loads of fun switching places. One time stands out in my mind. I had mono., “the kissing disease” , and had been out of school, Gabs did not get mono. the boy she was kissing was safe  I was just supposed to be there getting some things from our English teacher. Well, firstly, I was not contagious, so I didn’t infest our class with germs. Though there were a couple I should have on! So we switched places, the teacher did not notice but classmates did and told. It still was funny.

Gabby has always felt actual physical pains, in times when I have been in severe pain. I don’t experience that sort of thing, does that make me less nice? No, it makes me less “sensitive” to “vibes” that she feels. She is just way more tuned in to things than I am

Having a twin is so awesome, it’s like always having your best friend to share things with; we have done this always.

We never swapped boyfriends and tried to fool them, they would have noticed for one thing; for another, we had totally different types of guys we liked. Hers had never been in “juvie” hall before  . I am not trying to make myself sound like “trouble”, but I am the twin with three holes in each ear, and 3 tattoos. Gabs had more sense she has one hole in each ear and as our Dad used to joke I already had enough holes in head. She also has no tattoos, I don’t regret mine, she just doesn’t want anything that “permanent” which again is sometimes looking at it from a sensible angle. She is just now way more level headed. She has gotten “grounded” me more than a few times from one thing or another.

She is not an angel, or is she??   Her late husband called her his Angel. She is and she was and will always be Dave’s angel. He passed away from cancer eight years ago this month. She helped him live longer with her love, I truly believe that. They had true love…

I love you, Gabs, you have been a rocking sister always and I love you so much! We have had a few funky road trips without and with a GPS  don’t want to “tell” on us, but we have gotten lost either way. We are directionally challenged. Yikes for real! We still fondly make our “Thelma and Louise” jokes  The ultimate road trip.

I have been blessed, and I am the twin writing this so I will say my sister is “perfect” or close to it. She just keeps giving and has the angel name, she deserves it!!

She is my twin. We were born twins. We will be Twins forever!


Pass the time with you in mind
It’s a rather quiet night
Feel the ground against my back
Counting stars against the black
Thinking bout another day
Wishing I was far away
Whether they were dreams or worries
You were there with me

Sister, I hear you laugh
My heart fills full up
Keep me please
Sister, when you cry
I feel your tears running down my face
Sister, Sister keep me

I hope you always know its true
I would never make it through
We could make the sun go down
Just by walking away
Playing like we used to play
Our kingdom will never go away
Feel you beating in my chest
I’ll be dead without

Sister, I hear you laugh
My heart fills full up
Keep me please
Sister, when you cry
I feel your tears running down my face
Sister, Sister will you keep me?

I would never make it through
Hope you always know its true
You could make the heaven’s fall
Just by walking away

Sister, I hear you laugh
My heart fills full up
Keep me please
Sister, when you cry
I feel your tears running down my face
Sister, Sister keep me

Lyrics: Dave Matthews
Performed by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds

Quotes~written by Autumn Sunshine

On happiness …

“All I want is forever with you … always and always …”

“Connections and reflections … this is really real”

“How did I get so lucky this time around, I found you … I’m alive …”

“I am happy, smiling, dancing, twirling … all because of you …”

“I am happy…today is mine … I love you”

“Our hearts beating as one … that is happiness”

“Sleeping, smiling in your arms … you chase away the demons of the past …”

“Sunshine and smiles to you my love … you are my happiness”

“The ending will be for real … they lived happily ever after … and we will …”

“The stars shine down on us glittering their happiness …”

“Watching the sunrise, the sunset with you … it is all new”

“You are my happiness at the end of a very long tunnel of grief…”

“You bring out the fire and the spark in me; happiness begins with a smile …”

“You take my breath away … sweeping me on wings of wonder”