Saturday, June 4, 2011

A golden moment bright enough to shine for two days (# 5 and 6)

Anwell, in the arms of his loving grandma.

After two long hard days of labor, my little sister brought the most beautiful tiny dark haired boy into the world. (Well, not so tiny by newborn standards at 8 pounds 4 ounces and 21 inches long!)  My nephew, Anwell Jackson. Anwell is a Welsh name, meaning "beloved, desired, wanted, longed for" the name fits him more perfectly than I can attempt to describe.

Seeing my little sister courageously endure a most incredibly strenuous and exhausting labor, walking into that hospital room moments after her little boy was placed in her arms, is an image I will hold forever in my mind and heart. Even now, I find it hard to fight back the tears as I ponder on the magnitude of her determination to bring her son into the world. I am so proud of her. Seeing that look of peace, joy and pride in her sweet face as I walked in the door-laced with that little smirk of hers, that subtle curve of the lip that boasts "Look what I did!" Just overwhelms me with the most indescribable love and pride. That remarkable woman, is my beloved sister.

And that bundle of heavenly perfection swaddled up in her arms, is MY nephew. "My nephew", the words dance around in my head like a happy song. I am an aunt! The more I cast my eyes upon the riches God has poured into my life, the more I see that life is extraordinary! I have a treasure trove of golden moments that daily grow into the greatest fortune I could ever hope to posses.

Ten little fingers
Ten little toes
Two bright eyes
One tiny nose

You are the treasure
We all long to hold
You are pure sunshine,
Pure heaven,
Pure gold.

Happy birthday beloved Anwell!


  1. I remember that wonderful, heady feeling of being a new Auntie myself. Now, 41 nieces and nephews and 6 grand-nieces and nephews later, I can absolutely testify that my top-secret method for making yourself their FAVORITE aunt - works every time. If you want to find out what it is, meet me between the Parenthesis' of Silence...

    (( here it is...just don't tell anyone else. You hold them close to your face when they are as new as possible. Look deep into their tiny eyes and repeat chant-like in a memorizing tone of voice: "I AM YOUR FAVORITE AUNT. I AM YOUR FAVORITE AUNT. I AM YOUR FAVORITE AUNT." Guaranteed results.))

  2. Heidi, that is SO beautiful! I got teary reading this :) I'm so excited for your family and especially Christine. Being a mom is the most amazing thing in the world!

  3. Congrats Aunt!!!! It's the next best thing to being a Wife and Mommy yourself!!!


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