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'She's so awesome!' Jenna Bush Hager raves about beloved sister Barbara

The new issue of Southern Living features TODAY's own Jenna Bush Hager, and she's not alone on the cover. Right by her side is twin sister Barbara Bush — and Jenna wouldn't have it any other way.

While filing in for Kathie Lee Gifford Friday morning, Jenna told Hoda Kotb just how grateful she is to share the honor with one of the most important people in her life.

"They [wrote], 'She greets everyone with her warm smile and those bright blue eyes,'" Jenna read. "And I said, 'Anyone who meets Barbara adores her."

Jenna went on to read more high praise about her sister from writer Krissy Tiglias: "There's something about Barbara that reminds you of someone you know — maybe a favorite cousin or a best friend from high school."

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None of those kind words came as a surprise to Jenna. In fact, she had so many more of her own to share Friday morning.

"She's so awesome ... I feel so lucky that I've had this sister. Barbara and I got in trouble together," she laughed, adding, "We've been on covers of magazines before, but it was more like the National Enquirer. But how awesome that I had her to hold my hand through it?"

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Teacher Jenna Bush Hager (L) and Barbara Pierce Bush attend Prabal Gurung Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)

It's a bond she doesn't take for granted. It's important to her, and it's important for a couple of other special girls in her life — daughters Mila and Poppy.

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"I know they're watching this relationship," she explained. "And they're going to have a similar thing."

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The March issue of Southern Living is on newsstands now.

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