I was at the beach with my family a while back and took the picture below. I had planned to post it earlier but then began the challenge to blog everyday in May and this post just didn't make its way into the mix. So I shall share it with you now, partly because it was already written and I have to be at work by 7:30 and partly because I haven't seen my niece in a couple weeks and am missing her.
This is my beautiful niece; I call her Lele or, on occasion, mamacita. This picture was taken at the beach, hair all askew, eyes as red as if she were related to a Cullen, and in great need of a nap. I absolutely love this picture! One, because I love this little girl with my whole heart but mainly because it represents how truly related we are.
Heaven help us, this child is the exact replica of her mama and me... please pardon me while I take a moment in prayer.
Please keep her safe from herself! She is so much like the other women in our family and we were all blessed by Your good hand with just a little bit of 'cray' and impulsiveness. We have the uncanny knack of always finding that "fine line" and riding it just as long as we can; please keep her toes on this side of it. Protect her from men with the perfect combination of gorgeous eyes and smooth words. You know what a disastrous recipe that can be. Make her strong enough to not be a welcome mat that gets walked all over but hospitable enough to always keep the door unlocked for a friend on a rainy night. And when I say unlocked, what I really mean is bolted tightly until she has looked through the peephole once said friend has knocked, because while I hope she is trusting I already know she's not stupid. Thank you for putting a good size brain in her head. Keep a hand firmly on her shoulder and a guard over her heart.
Now that I have a good bit more help on her side I feel a little more at peace. Man, if she doesn't have it cut out for her though. I think it is seems like she got all the impulsivity and stubbornness in my soul and the impulsivity and stubbornness in my sisters and they combined to create a firework of independence! She's like the Fourth of July that child - feisty as all get out - but she is also sweet and kind and caring. She can turn up the charm like a leprechaun on St. Patty's Day and has her Unca' Andrew wrapped around her little finger (ie: "Aunt Mel can I have a lollipop" "No, sorry you may not." Two minutes later... "Aunt Mel?!" And she's peeking around the corner of my bathroom with a sucker in her mouth. I hear Babe shout from the kitchen. "Lee? I said don't show Aunt Mel". See what I mean?! That so would have been me at her age.) Bless any sweet daughters I may have and help me to keep them from being spoiled to death (Lord, can I please just have one. I will take all the boys You are willing to give, but just one daughter please?! I am not sure it I can handle any more than that). Thanks!