This young lady drove me around today...no, not the one in the green...that would be me...about 16 years ago. The young lady I'm holding is my beautiful niece, "B". She celebrated her sweet-16 Saturday and came to OKC for a babysitting job this week.
We took her to church and she drove us to lunch afterward (in my treasured 'Maxx', no less). It is almost a surreal experience...remembering this day; I held her so clearly and then holding her hand as she stood shoulder to shoulder with me, in church today.
People have often thought she is my own daughter because our physical resemblance is so striking. This is a picture of both of us at 5 y.o. It's not a great shot but with the exception of her coloring and lips, and my left-handedness we are pretty much 'spittin' images'. The physical resemblance is virtually all we share. She is someone I would choose as a friend, even if we weren't family.
I'm so glad I get to be her "Aunt" because we can have fun and she can confide in me and I get to enjoy the fruits of her parents' labor! I don't have to be yet another parental figure, I get to be her friend and hopefully a mentor as well.
She is the most gentle spirit and has an incredible gift of Mercy for people and animals alike. She has always befriended the unfriendly and the friendless and finds a positive light for each soul she encounters. She still maintains this sweet demeanor and I don't doubt that she will carry it with her throughout her lifetime and into whatever career she chooses to pursue.
Meet my niece "B". She is one of my favorite things about life. She is light on a dark day. She is part of the hope I have for motherhood. I know God smiled the day she was created and I know He smiles today at this beautiful young woman she is becoming!
God bless you "B" and Happy 16th Birthday. May your life be immersed in love both inward and outward! Remember who your Father is!
Thank you to my sister for being "B's" earthly mother and for modeling, molding, and 'reinforcing' the qualities that shine in "B" today!