I am blessed to have 2 nephews and 2 nieces. My big guy’s brother has two sons and my sister, Jennifer has two daughters. Each has their own distinct personality and appearance. Now that I think about it, the oldest nephew and the youngest niece actually look the most alike, yet aren’t related at all. The youngest nephew and oldest niece aren’t terribly different, but again no relation. Crazy!!
Daniel is graduating from high school next month. I am entirely proud to say that he was accepting into the very demanding School of Engineering at Virginia Tech for the fall. Pretty sure that I will not be pulling for the Hokies in any sport, but I’ll be pulling for his success at every turn. (Come back for Q to find my reason)
Mark is in middle school. He is beyond special. He is sensitive and artistic, but is learning to be outgoing and somewhat of a public figure. Mark has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and is the unofficial ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in our home area. Car shows and parades are becoming as much a part of his life as 5 hour drives to his specialists. Next time you are asked to buy a shamrock or fill the boot for your local fire department, think of him.
My oldest niece is in second grade. Recently she has started karate classes. This little girl who can be so tough is learning some skills that will back up and contain that toughness all at the same time. She is also a total cowgirl at heart. Nothing beat the brown and purple cowboy boots with a cute dress when it’s time for church. I can’t tell you how much my little guy loves this girl and her sister. They might as well be brother and sisters!
My youngest niece is the other redheaded bookend. If I had to think of the perfect phrase to describe her it would be tomboy princess. There is a photo from her birthday party a couple summers ago that completely captures her essence. She is preparing to hit a tee ball while wearing a tiara, pink sparkly dress and NO SHOES. It is absolute perfection. She has always loved dancing and is taking some gymnastics now that she can incorporate into her ballet (emphasis on the second syllable).
These four amazing people have stretched me and grown my heart in ways I could have never imagined. I am completely in love with them all!