“So Laura, don’t you ever wish you had little girls?”
People ask me that question quite often as they observe my boy-filled life. My answer is always “no.” God knew what He was doing when He gave me all sons and no daughters. Plus we snatched up little Gladis, who gets to be our daughter/sister/friend/delight in Honduras.
I didn’t have any sisters when I was growing up either – just one brother. You know what I have now? All kinds of sisters! My brother’s wife, Matt’s sister, Matt’s brothers wife, plus all the Christian sisters God has put in my life. So, do you know what I might have someday? Four daughters, if God sees fit that all of our boys get married.
Guess what else I have? Several nieces. Precious, sweet girls who give me excuses to buy pink, giggle, and talk about fingernail polish. Girls who tell me, “Hey, cute jeans” and “I like your sweater.”
I do sometimes wonder what my daughter might have looked like had I actually had one. I usually look no farther than my brother’s girls. If I had a daughter, I’m pretty sure she would look a lot like this:
This niece of mine looks so much like I did when I was little.
I got to see two of my Kansas nieces briefly this weekend. My oldest niece, who is 12, and also a lot like I was when I was her age, spent some time in the kitchen with me, helping me and chatting as we worked on lunch.
Yep, except for the braces, I bet I could find some
12 year old pictures of me that would look a lot like this.
While we worked, she asked me, “Do you ever wish you had girls, Aunt Laura?” It was a moment I had not planned, but it was the perfect opportunity to stop my work and look right into her eyes. “Not even a little bit, Kailey,” I told her, “because God gave me nieces like you instead.”
You should have seen her smile. She’s old enough and mature enough to hear my heart. I’ve said it to others, but there was something pretty special about sharing it directly with her.
I’m so thankful for all the girls God put in my life to love on. Bring on the shopping trips, hair styling, and shared smiles as we watch the boys race through the room at lightening speed.
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