So many years, so many memories and Marissa is off to college. What can I say about my very first niece that can describe the way the world is different with her in it. At least our world, those she knows and those who love her. I can say I am thankful for her energy and excitement and I know that wherever she goes will be a better place because she is there. She set the bar pretty high as nieces go.
I have some fun memories that make me smile when I think about Marissa.
|Sharing balloons with Stacey|
|Getting to know her new little cousin Dawn|
|Some snuggling on a visit north|
|Building a foundation for a great relationship with|
|And why not a big hug?|
|Telling her daddy all about her birthday|
party! (This is my very favorite picture!)
|Buddies at church|
|Taking a nap at Auntie Jody and Uncle Dave's|
house in Georgia
|And most recently...a May graduation party.|
Once again we gathered and wrote our well wishes and prayers for her as she left for college last week. I see a whole group of kids growing much faster than we grown ups want them to. This will happen now every couple years for many more to come with nieces, nephews and a few of our own sprinkled in. Some years more than one, or more than two at a time. As I was going through old pictures it was just like yesterday.
I also realized something when I got home from the party in May...I had been too busy to stop and pick up some of her graduation pictures. Hopefully she still has a few to share! I know that she will succeed at anything she puts her heart into and I can't wait to see what the future holds for this beautiful young lady. I am blessed to be her auntie.