Friday, January 27, 2017

As Your Auntie,

I got to spend some good quality time with my nephews a couple weekends ago, while mom and dad went out gallivanting around town for a work conference.
But then, they left for an entire week for Disney World!
And you'd think, a week isn't that long...but you'd be so wrong. I sure did miss them!!

I came across this article, not too long ago and while I've written them each posts before and it'll continue till this blog is old and grey, I felt like I needed to write them a letter now.

Maybe someday they'll read it and really understand this aunts love.

Lucas and Jackson, 

The day you each came into this world, everything changed.
You are more loved than words could ever describe and that's just by your parents!
Throw myself, your other aunties, both sets of grandparents and extended family for days and the expression 'love you to the moon and back' is pretty accurate.

I love how you've each touched my heart in different ways.
You both hold such a special place and it will only grow as you do.
You are each unique and I wish I could forward time, but also freeze it at the same time.
I can't wait to see what amazing boys and men you will be someday!

We keep telling you to stop growing, but man how I love seeing the changes in you!
Recently, you got a lose tooth and I had to take a minute to believe you were old enough to be losing teeth!
I love how you ask me to stay over all the time and to play with you. I hope that never stops.
You have the sweetest heart and know I'll be here when Jack's jokes and picking on you get to be too much.
You are strong willed kid and I know that as you grow, that's going to get you far.
Your imagination is larger than life and you just seem to love exploring new realms of ideas.

You amaze me all the time. You have grown so much in the last year and watching you work through thoughts and sentences and just expressing yourself in different ways is incredible.
You are the clown of the family and as you get older you are just going to become funnier.
I can't wait! You come from a line of sarcastic people, so we'll welcome you with open arms buddy!
Your smile can light up a room and your sweet disposition is felt to the core. I know you adore having a bit brother to play with and it's incredible to listen to you both together.

Never forget your auntie is always here for you.
Whether I'm down the street, like I am now, or miles away, like I used to be.
I promise I'll always be here and will do anything to help make your life better.

I will always be in your corner cheering you on every step of the way.

Never forget you can always come to me when you feel like you can't go to mom or dad.
I'll be there to drive you home if you choose to drink at a party, ease your heartache when that girl lets you down, build you up when you fall, smile with you through your successes, or just be an ear when you think mom and dad will be upset. I promise we will figure it all out.

Remember how much your parents love you. Nothing you do will ever change that!
So continue to let them be a part of your life. They did create you and all. :) And you'll be a better person for it. Trust me on this one.

I promise that if you ever feel the world is crashing down around you that this family will stand strong to protect you in every way they can.

You both have so many people who love you and that is such a blessing.

I can't wait to see what's next for you both!

I love you,

Auntie Ashley

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