This weekend I got the treat of spending some time with my nephew. Because he lives across the mountains, I’m never sure how much I’ll see his family in the winter months because of snow in the passes. Every visit is a special treat and any time we can spend together is special and worth it. Being an auntie is so much fun. I love the hugs and snuggles. Yesterday, it was too funny when Carson walked into the kitchen wearing my boots! According to Jeremy, the boots were the first form of footwear he grabbed when it was time to go outside. Jeremy helped him into the boots and suddenly I heard “Look, Aunt Mayme”. What a character! I remember my sister and I taking turns wearing my grandpa’s cowboy boots and how far up our legs they would go. It seems like the perfect childhood memory to walk in the shoes of a family member you love.
Even this simple act reminds me that there are little eyes watching me and I get to be influence in these young lives. I always hope that my niece and nephew will see me as a person of integrity who loves them and wants the best for them. These family ties are important and I look forward to them deepening with time. Being an aunt is honor. Today, our niece, Brinley, was dedicated at church. It’s a sign that the parents, and also the family, are willing to raise their child to know the Lord as best as possible. I love these dedications because it is a great symbol of the role family plays in the life of a child. I want to do my best to encourage faith in these young hearts. I want to do my best to support my family as they parent. It’s a blessing and one that I don’t take lightly. I’m glad Carson wanted to walk in my shoes. Hopefully they lead him in a good direction!