Me, Soren, and my brother, Andrew
Perhaps it is because I live so far away from all of them, or perhaps it is because I am not emotionally close to all of their parents, or perhaps it is because I have kids of my own, but I must confess I am not a very good auntie. I don't do anything particularly special for any of my nieces or nephews, and when we do get together, sometimes I am at a loss for what to say to them. But, despite that, I still love the fact that they are part of my family. I love to have a 'backstage pass', as it were, a connection to them, and therefore the privilege of seeing these amazing kiddos and what they learn and accomplish. And, I do love them.
Though I can't visit her just yet, I'll have to get on the 'Good Auntie' train for Dahlia and send a present her way soon. (We weren't quite expecting her yet as she wasn't due for another 5 weeks.) In the meantime, I'm sending loves. I'm looking forward to watching you grow, little one!
Baby Dahlia Tui (Not sure if there is a story behind her first name, but her middle name comes from her paternal great-grandmother)
*Update: I wrote this post only hours before another fun auntie moment. My oldest nephew (by marriage), Tanner, invited us to a Google hangout to watch as he opened his mission call. He is off to the Dominican Republic this October. It was so special to be able to watch him open it. You could tell he was very moved and a little overwhelmed. We are proud of your decision Tanner! We know that you will be a wonderful representative of the Lord.