This is Ryleigh.
My twin brother Christian and his wife Cristina had this little nugget back in April, and man oh man does she bring joy to my heart! I already miss Christian and Cristina, and now with the addition of this doll, I cannot imagine missing them anymore than I do. Their family is so lovely, and while I know Ryleigh comes with the struggles of every baby, I also know they are falling really hard for this girl.
It sounds a little over the top, but something about my niece is magical. She is everything an aunt could hope for. Beautiful with personality and just the sweetest demeanor.
The other day, my siblings and I had a group text about how the bar is set really high with her for the rest of us (as she is the first grandchild in my family) and it's true. She is beautiful and I wish she was here for me to constantly hug and love and rock to sleep.
Sometimes, distance is harder than we can imagine. Having siblings far away is hard enough, but as our families grow and change it will only grow increasingly more difficult.
I have to constantly remind myself a big family is a blessing and some people do not have a beautiful niece and wonderful siblings to miss. I love this little one and thought she deserved a moment in the spotlight, and I love her parents dearly and am so thrilled at how our relationships continue to become stronger.
I'm counting my blessings and letting my heart miss them:)
They are SUCH a blessing.