Four Years

As I lay wide awake, I kept thinking about how fast time is flying by. Eventually, I just said, “Screw it all,” and turned on my laptop for the sole reason of writing this post.

It’s after midnight here in Texas. It’s October 11, 2014. It’s Sophia’s fourth birthday.

For those of you that don’t know, Sophia is my oldest niece. I first met her when she was just thirteen days old. I can’t believe she’s already four.

Sophia 13 daysSophia at just thirteen days old.

I won’t even pretend that everything is perfect. It’s not. Sometimes it’s very hard when she comes to visit.

Tonight is a perfect example.

We were at her birthday dinner tonight at Candlelight Inn, and she did everything but behave. When we were on the way home, she wouldn’t stop sticking her hand in my face. Now THAT got annoying.

Sophia 4 yearsTonight at her birthday dinner. Four years old!

It’s hard when she doesn’t behave. Sometimes I feel like I never want to see her again. That, however, isn’t true. At all.

Sophia, you turned my world inside out and upside down four years ago. I didn’t know what I was going to do when I heard my sister was pregnant with you. I never pictured myself becoming an aunt so soon.

We don’t always get along, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I never got along with your mother when we lived in the same house.

Happy Birthday, Sophia. I love you, and I always will.

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