January 12, 2000

is a day I will always remember. Mainly because I didn't have to go to school that day, or the day before ...

Plus, it might have been the day that I became something I had never been before - an aunt!

We were all so excited for him to make his appearance, impatient really. 

I think he knew how much we all wanted him.

Because my gorgeous little nephew came two months early!

Weighing in at four pounds and 10 ounces. 

He was born by an emergency C-section with fears of losing him. 

And my sister.

But he was a fighter, which he would prove time and time again since that day he arrived 12 years ago.

In that short time he has faced battles and challenges that many will never face in an entire lifetime.

And ever since he was just a babe ...

He has been our teacher.

Teaching us lessons in patience.

In tolerance.

In unconditional love.

In acceptance of others.

In kindness.

In overcoming and triumph.

In tenacity and perseverance. 

That angels truly live among us ...

That the extraordinary can be accomplished ..

 And that no matter how difficult the journey, joy must be sought for.

 And it can be found.

And so today ...

We celebrate not only the 12 years he has been with us, but the lessons he has taught us along the way ... in helping us become better, helping us become MORE every single day.


And for today, that's all. :)


Allred Mom said...

What a great post! :)

Toni said...

So beautiful!!!!! What a great tribute! Being an Aunt really is the best isn't it?! Love it and love you!

Shan said...

Looks like you love being an aunt.

Brandon said...
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Mindy said...

Yes, I did. :)


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