Anyone who has ever been a parent can understand when I say that there is a raw, fierce love that you have for your child(ren). It's a feeling of love and protection that courses through every vein in your body, and consumes you when your child is in danger or is scared, when you're tucking them in at night, or when you're preparing to be apart from them for a time. It's a feeling I know well, as I experience it every day with my own little ones.

But I learned something new about that feeling a couple of weeks ago. It never occurred to me that I could feel that way about someone else's children, and yet there I was, feeling it for children who are not mine. Except that they are mine... sort of.

I have a sister. She's almost exactly 2 years younger than me. She is one of the most dear and special people in my life, and she currently lives 5,942 miles away from me.  She has 3 young children of her own, and until last month, I'd not seen them for 19 1/2 months, and hadn't even met her youngest.  I spent one wonderful week with them, and found myself loving those children in that way-- that I-love-you-so-much-it-hurts-and-please-don't-go-away-from-me way.

And now I understand what it means to be an Aunt.  To my own Aunt Merril Lynn:: now I get it.  Now I understand how you feel about us, because I feel it for Elizabeth's children.  This was an incredibly valuable lesson for me to learn.

To Emeline, Jarom & Wesley :: Auntie Rachel loves you!  And I can't wait to see you again soon.  Big big hugs.  xo.

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Anyone who has ever been a parent can understand when I say that there is a raw, fierce love that you have for your child(ren). It's a feeling of love and protection that courses through every vein in your body, and consumes you when your child is in danger or is scared, when you're tucking them in at night, or when you're preparing to be apart from them for a time. It's a feeling I know well, as I experience it every day with my own little ones.

But I learned something new about that feeling a couple of weeks ago. It never occurred to me that I could feel that way about someone else's children, and yet there I was, feeling it for children who are not mine. Except that they are mine... sort of.

I have a sister. She's almost exactly 2 years younger than me. She is one of the most dear and special people in my life, and she currently lives 5,942 miles away from me.  She has 3 young children of her own, and until last month, I'd not seen them for 19 1/2 months, and hadn't even met her youngest.  I spent one wonderful week with them, and found myself loving those children in that way-- that I-love-you-so-much-it-hurts-and-please-don't-go-away-from-me way.

And now I understand what it means to be an Aunt.  To my own Aunt Merril Lynn:: now I get it.  Now I understand how you feel about us, because I feel it for Elizabeth's children.  This was an incredibly valuable lesson for me to learn.

To Emeline, Jarom & Wesley :: Auntie Rachel loves you!  And I can't wait to see you again soon.  Big big hugs.  xo.

  webWesley2010_1.jpg
webPS_8692.jpgwebJarom2010_1.jpgwebPS_9385.jpgwebEmeline_2010.jpgwebEmeline_318.jpg



Comments
Jennifer Chaney says:

Oh such a sweet post. And beautiful pictures... what an amazing location!

(09.03.10 @ 01:25 PM)
Lizzie says:

Made me cry Rach. A lot. I miss you. And I get it too. I miss Elias. And sweet Row. And Maura Clare. Love you so much- and thanks for the great pictures. You're amazing.

(09.03.10 @ 02:01 PM)
jan says:

BEAUTIFUL!

(09.03.10 @ 03:06 PM)
Summer King says:

WOW, Rach!!! Just finished looking through your blog and it is AMAZING!!! You are AMAZING! LOVE your work! SO jealous of your awesome talent!
Hugs,
Summer

(09.25.10 @ 10:20 AM)