Yesterday I got up early and got over to my older sister's house by 6:30 in the morning. Keep in mind, I am so not a morning person and therefore, was still half-asleep! She needed me to tend the kids while her and my brother-in-law had somewhere they needed to be all morning. I try and help out and babysit when I can, but it's unusual for me to have all seven kids at the same time. Honestly, I think my sister is amazing because these kids have so much energy and they wear me out after only spending a few hours with them! My sister is an inspiration to me! All three of my sisters and my sister-in-law all are actually!!
Shortly after I got there, the kids started to wake up. The oldest, Arianna, is twelve. I drove her to middle school while Timmy, the 11 year old, watched the other kids. I got back and helped the others get breakfast, get ready for school, and changed diapers. Well, truth be told, I bribed the two oldest to change the diapers for me because this girl is not a fan of changing diapers!
Then Timmy, Gracie, & Chrissy left for school. I played with the younger three for another hour and then at 9 a.m. little Sammy went off to pre-school (someone came to pick him up). So I just had Derek and Zachy for the rest of the morning. It was more calm when I just had the younger two. It can sure be overwhelming with all the kids because they all have so much energy so early in the morning! Geez Louise! But I love them so much!
It's hard to be the only one out of the five of us siblings not married (I am the middle child). And I do worry so much that I might not even be able to get pregnant because of all the damage I have done to my body - and it doesn't help that through most of my teen years and my 20's I haven't had a period....... but I do hope to get married and be a mom. It's something that has been so important to me since I was a little girl. I know 29 years old is still kind of, sort of young - but not when you live in a state (Utah) where most people get married and start having babies in their early 20's.
I love my nieces and nephews so much! I love when I come over and they run up to me and give me big hugs and say "Aunt Jenny's here!" I love when they come and sit on my lap when we are watching a movie. I love when they call me on the phone or when they want me to play with them. I love all the hugs and kisses they give me and when they tell me they love me.
The love of a child is so special because they love you no matter what! It's such an unconditional love and they don't care that I make mistakes or that I am not perfect. They love me regardless. And I want so much to be a good role model for them! All of them, but especially the girls. I don't want them to live with any of the struggles that my illness has brought in to my life. I want to protect them from those things. I want so much more for them! And I miss the two little guys who live in another state because I don't get to see them as often as the others. But my love for them is just as strong! They are pretty special little guys with two amazing parents!
I love all eleven of my nieces and nephews. And this post is dedicated to every single one of them (Arianna, Timmy, Chrissy, Gracie, Sammy, Derek, Zach, Kaitlynn, Halle, Preston, & Parker) with lots & lots of hugs and kisses from their Aunt Jenny.