I'm glad you are here to celebrate! Share a link to your blog post below and/or use #celebratelu to share celebrations on Twitter. Check out the details here. Celebrate This Week goes live on Friday night around 10(ish). Consider it as a weekend celebration. Whenever it fits in your life, add your link. Please leave a little comment love for the person who links before you.
I turned my Instagram account public. I've been using it to collect & document celebrations. I love it. Please follow me there: @ruth_ayres to find celebrations throughout the week.
Not everybody gets to be an aunt. Long before I wanted to be a momma, I wanted to be the best aunt in the universe. I got to be an aunt to these two before I was even officially married into the family.
Their mommy let me be their aunt. It's not something I take lightly. You have to be allowed to be involved in lives. Being an aunt soothed my soul when I didn't get to be a momma.
At age two, they were the world's cutest ring bearer and flower girl. (Andy and his sister, Abbie, are in the photo too...not that you really notice them for all the cuteness of Madison and Cole. Note the bag of Cheerios in Cole's hand. Madison was more discreet with her flower girl basket full of Cheerios.)
Of course, the fun was just beginning.
A couple of blinks and a handful of ballgames and parties and holidays and recitals and suddenly they are all grown up, dressed in caps and gowns. You know it's going to happen, but when it does, when it really happens, you can't help but catch your breath by the sheer awe of it all.
One moment you're there --
And I find myself completely overwhelmed by all of the emotions. No one ever told me that being the best aunt in the universe means they grow up faster than you expect and they'll tower over you and then they go on to live these beautiful imperfect lives that just make you love them more.
No one ever told me that their hugs get better the older they get. They don't just hug you just because you're the best aunt in the universe, but because they love you back.
Cole and Maddie, your resilience amazes me.
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