Daddy and I took you to the east coast last weekend to visit your great aunt Denise. I am always amazed at how easy you are to travel with. You hardly make a peep on long flights and long waits in airport lines, you do wonderfully on road trips, and pretty much you just go with the flow..
We squeezed as many visits as we could in one 4 day trip...we landed in Philadelphia, drove to New Providence to visit your friend Verity, and then to Macungie to visit your great aunt for a few days. You were content to sit on our laps and listen to stories of all our relatives from the last century, as we poured over sepia-toned photographs with Aunt Denise and cousins Lynn and Laurie.
On Sunday evening we drove two hours to southern New Jersey to see your cousin Elli, who is just a few months younger than you.
We were there to witness her arrival in life last year, and as with all babies whose births I was present for, she holds a special place in my heart.
You and Elli picked up right where you left off last year- two little princesses entertaining us with your cute little antics...
Traveling didn't seem to effect your voracious appetite. You ate a huge bowl of oatmeal every morning, another huge bowl of macaroni and cheese or some other sort of pasta in the afternoon, and then whatever we were having for dinner. As usual you had to have three baths a day wherever we went ....
..we're working on table manners.
You felt right at home at your cousins' house, with the ratio of boys to girls 5 to 2. The twins loooved playing with "Baby Lily" as you are affectionately known...
On Memorial Day we went to a special patriotic ceremony featuring the boy scouts and the Civil Air Patrol.
Your cousins Brandon, Trevor and Joshua looked so handsome in their uniforms...
It was a beautiful day, Lily... I kept wishing your brothers and sisters could have been there with us. Maybe it was because New Jersey is the state I was born in, or maybe it was just being with my brother and his family, but I really just felt so at home somehow. Crazy, because we live as far west from New Jersey as you can get, and yet everything seemed so familiar and lovely. If only I could bottle days like that up, to be opened throughout the year whenever I missed them...
*your cheerful Uncle Chris
I miss your cousins and Uncle Chris and Aunt Lori more than words can say, Lily. If someone would have told me when I was growing up that one day I'd live on one side of the United States and my brother would live on the other, I might have been a little bit nicer to him.
And if I would have known that my brother would marry someone who would become one of my very best friends in life, I really would have been nicer to him :) I wish so much that you and Elli could grow up next to each other, because I know you would be best friends as well.
Saying goodbye is never easy, and your poor daddy had to endure mama's tears as we headed to the airport Tuesday morning. The hard part about visiting the people you love is realizing how very much you miss them when you leave. It's hard to explain, Lily, but it's like I'm more me when I'm spending time with the people who've known me all my life. I guess that's why it feels like we're leaving a little part of our hearts with those loved ones when we say goodbye.
So I put in a little request to God as we left New Jersey and headed for home....
In my Father's house there are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. John 14:2
Praying our mansions are right next to each other :)