When Emily* joined our family she was such a little nugget.
Like her parents, we loved her immediately.
Miss Personality had flawless, brown skin and dark, expressive eyes. Silky, black hair framed a ready smile and a button nose.
From China to the Ozarks, this precious girl came. And in a heartbeat we were smitten.
For a while, we communicated in gestures and nods. Then her parents taught us the phrase Wo ai ni. (I love you.) And that—my friends—is universal.
Fast-forward ten years.
It’s been a fun ride. So. Much. Joy!
Emily has a tender heart and an inquisitive spirit. She wants to know what makes things tick.
She’s interested in science, medicine, and anatomy, but she adores astronomy, too. One of her favorite television shows is Nova.
Emily also has an affinity for planets and all things space. Maybe it’s because she understands she’s in this old world, but not of it. She dreams of life as an astronaut. And who knows? It could be possible.
Emily is a Christian and is awed by God’s marvelous creation. She keeps us on our toes with astounding facts and trivia about things the average person wouldn’t even know. But she does.
And it tickles us. We’re smarter for it!
For her recent birthday, Emily’s mama and daddy celebrated her Sweet Sixteen with a space-related theme. (Yes. The birthday cake resembles Star Wars, but there’s a story there. The bakery did a beautiful job, but the correct implements/decorations didn’t make it on the cake. However, the folks were very apologetic and charged only half-price for the cake. Emily’s daddy then made a mad dash to town and saved the day! And WHO doesn’t love Star Wars, right?)
And as we so often do in our neck of the woods, just like the weather, we go with the flow.
As you might have guessed, we’re pretty proud of our 16-year-old niece. (And proud of her older sis, too!)
My sister—their mama—and I have shared a few laughs over the years when we’ve gone places with our three girls in tow. When they were younger, folks thought her two dark-headed cuties were mine, and my blondie was hers. (I suppose because my sis is blond and I’m… well… not. ha!) And I don’t really look Asian either, but I’ve taken it as a compliment.
Happy Happy Birthday, dear Emily*!
Aunt Cindy loves you!
*Because of privacy, not my niece’s real name.
Do you remember your Sweet Sixteen birthday party or a special celebration when you were a child?
What are some favorite events your family has recently celebrated?