Most of you who read this already know that I am the proud Aunt of little Eli Ryan but for those of you who don’t know him, let me introduce this awesome person….
Isn’t he just the cutest?? I’m pretty much obsessed and Ryan has to remind me that he is not mine when I sit and stare at his picture and say “sigh….look at my cute little guy!” I never thought being an aunt would be this special. I mean, I knew it would be great and my sister would have cute kids, but man o’ man this kid just swooped into my life and showed me this whole part of my heart I didn’t know existed! Now, I know what some of you are thinking….yeah but just wait till you have your own kids, its even better. Which I cannot wait to experience and obviously know that my heart will never be the same but I love this Aunt/Nephew kind of love. Maybe its because he is the son of my only sister, who just so happens to be one of my bestest friends too! (I’m lucky huh?) Or I’m confident that part of it is because I saw my sister and brother-in-law struggle through 2 1/2 years of an emotional trying to conceive rollercoaster and this child that we all longed and prayed for is even better than what we could have imagined! Whatever the case, Eli has brought so much joy and laughter into our family, it truly is miraculous.
The hard part is, I hate being so far away from my family but I love how God takes the little amount of time I have with them on each Ohio visit and increases the quality of it exponentially! I am now confident that a few months can go by, but when I walk through the doors Eli will know who I am and run to give me hugs and kisses. Its so great! The power of technology is huge as well. I video chat with my sister and Eli often and he totally gets that he can talk to and entertain me through the computer. What a brilliant little 1 year old 🙂 Yep, he is brilliant. I mean, for all bragging purposes the kid was walking at 7 1/2 months and knows about 10 words! My poor kids have to follow that…haha!
Anyways, just wanted to indulge everyone else in my enthrallment! Love my cookie!
Here are a couple pics from his 1st birthday, June 13, 2009!