I am the youngest of three. My sister is 3 years and 5 months older than me, my brother is 17 months older than me. My brother married first, me second, my sister last nine years after I got married. My brother had children early in life, a son when he was 22 years old, a daughter when he is was 24 years old, and at the age of 56 he is a grandfather x3 of an 8-year-old, 6-year-old and 3-year-old. I have two children (adopted), age 26 and 23; we adopted our daughter when she was 12 months old and our son when he was 6 days old. My sister had her first child in 1991 and her second in 1994.
I am an aunt x4, two of my brother's children, two of my sister's children. One boy, three girls. The boy is the oldest at 32, one of the girls is the youngest at 17 years old.
I am blessed.
Because of our frequent moves, I haven't really gotten to spend a lot of time with my brother's children who still live in the area where I grew up. Because my sister moved across the country (literally to the other coast) I haven't gotten to spend a lot of time with her two daughters. In fact I didn't see her second daughter until she was eight years old.
I love them all.
I'm proud of them all.
Each are unique and are gifted by God with special gifts and talents.
My nephew at 32 years of age is my mom's first grandchild. Truly a surprise to us, but not to God, that he was born with Down syndrome. I remember the sadness when we heard the news, but what a great gift from God he has been. He knows Scripture, not only does he know it by memory but he can explain to you what it means. He is an usher at church; he is loved by all. I can't imagine life without him.
His sister is truly another gift from God. Born 15 months after him, now at 31 years old, she is the mother of three young children, very active in their lives. Every Thanksgiving with the help of her church and countless volunteers she puts on a dinner for those that need a warm meal and fellowship on a holiday. She's been doing this for eight years and counting. They have absolutely no idea how many will show up but they never run out of food......that is a God thing indeed.
My sister's two daughters are so talented, one at 20 is finishing her third year at university, her sister at 17 is on the verge of graduating from high school, applied to four colleges, accepted to each and every one of them with scholarships offered. She is a talented artist and musician as her sister is.
I may not see all of them often but I love them all and am proud of them all and proud to be their aunt!
I am so blessed........