Today I had the joy of spending a few hours with two of my nieces.
For Christmas I’d given them each a collage I made from when they were flower girls in my wedding.
When my oldest niece, who is very artistic, discovered I had made the pictures myself she immediately wanted to make her own. Well, it took a few months, but today was the day to teach them the steps.
Here they are in action…
It was fun to spend an afternoon with them…creating, chatting, and having fun. But mostly, I just loved getting to know each of them a little better. I feel like I know them well, but I’m always amazed by what else I see when I have a chance to just be there with them.
Annika, a little bit more serious. Precocious. Artistic. Sweet. Kind. Quiet. Self-assured. A child that all animals want to be near because she loves them each with all of her heart. Still and patient, often lost in her own dream world.
Natalie, a little bit more spunky. Fierce. Feisty. Goofy. Perfectionist. Athlete. Her body always in motion. Flipping over chairs, climbing door jambs, spending more time upside down than right side up. A girl with a laugh that bubbles up straight from her belly and lights up the room.
This afternoon was just perfect.