A typical year brings my sister home twice per year. It seems that me having a baby may be incentivizing her to make the trip more frequently. Just this past week, she and two of her girls came up for visit #2 since Miss Connie was born, and there is already talk of another visit in September!
Our time together is too short and usually pressed into a holiday in which we have to share each other between our inlaws, gatherings, and events. This visit was different. She stayed with me for a full six days and we didnt have any holiday gatherings or major events to work around. We had good quality time, and Connie was spoiled with love, kisses, hugs, and gifts. “Aunt DeDe” ensured she had three custom onesies that proclaim Aunt DeDe’s love, as well as official Wisconsin gear via Brewers, Packers, and a Badger onesie! 🙂
Throughout the visit I found myself moved many times. The love and excitement my sister and her girls have for my daughter is genuine and profound. They never tired of her smiles and noises and accomplishments. They were eager to smother her more and more with each passing day. My youngest niece especially couldn’t get enough. And she was amazing with Connie.
My sister makes a tremendous sacrifice to make the journey north to be with us for each visit we have. It’s a long drive, time away from her own home and responsibilities, and juggling of work. I found myself more grateful this trip than any in the past. It was a good visit, Sis, and I thank you for being with us. You could do one better and move back, or at least closer! I’ll hold my breath on that one. In the meantime, I hope the September trip happens and I promise you a return visit soon!
Dear Sister, thank you for your selflessness. Thank you for loving my daughter with so much passion. We look forward to seeing you again soon. My beautiful nieces, I love you and I am so proud of the young ladies you are becoming. Thank you for visiting. (Mariah, we missed you, and hope to see you soon!)