Saturday, March 10, 2012

celebrating 8 special years...

Eight years ago a sweet baby girl changed the way I looked at the world.  She was the first niece, the first granddaughter.  The sweet baby that stole my heart.  She is my Stink.

I remember speeding home from Clemson so that I wouldn't miss her grand entrance into the world.  And I spent many years speeding back from Clemson to see her.  I couldn't get enough of her.  Still can't.

She's a Tiger fan.  She's an excellent reader.  She's a exceptional student.  She loves to watch movies.  She loves to swim.  She loves spending time with her family.

She has a caring heart.  A heart that had to be patched at such a young age.  But a heart of gold, through and through.  A heart that loves everyone and truly cares about people's feelings.  A heart that loves to give a compliment rather than receive one.  A giving heart.  A heart that I try to emulate.

She gives love freely.  Hugs, kisses and 'I love yous' flow from her like sweet honey.  And the tears flow like rivers at her sincerity. 

She's a protective big sister.  She's a doting cousin.  She's a nurturer.  It's in her nature. 

Yesterday we celebrated 8 years of a precious life.  A girl that, no doubt, has loved more in her eight years than most people do their entire lives.  A girl that will always hold a special piece of my heart.  After all, she is who made me an aunt. 

Stink, Aunt Jess loves you more than words!  I am more and more impressed with the young lady you are becoming.  Keep loving and giving and caring, sweet girl! 

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