Awkward Auntie

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It’s been a little over a week since I flew into town to spend time with my sister’s family for my youngest niece’s birthday party. 

After I arrived, we stopped at Target for a few party and home supplies. While there I was left alone with my (almost) 2 year old niece during a restroom break. I soon realized that it had been months since I was left alone with a little one. 

Have you ever tried making polite conversation with someone who repeats what she hears and only speaks a few words?! Plus it had been a few months since I had seen her. 

We talked about the flowers nearby and then I explained the difference of her little potted strawberry and tomato plant she held in her hands. Yep, I explained the differences of produce to a two-year old! 

Once my sister and other niece arrived, I felt less awkward and became more comfortable with talking and playing again with my nieces. 

Fast forward a few hours. 

My oldest niece sat down next to me with her Bible and started flipping through the pages asking me what to read. 

 

 As I reminded her about how to search for particular passages, she read them (with minimal help) and then listened intently at my explanation. 

Those awkward, I-don’t-know-what-to-do-or-say feelings completely slipped away. Not only was I amazed at my niece’s eagerness to read the Bible to me, but overwhelmed with joy that this was something special we can really connect over. 

I love speaking truth to her as she read that God loved her, He has plans for her. His creations sings out, worshipping Him. We read about how she can do anything with His help and how she doesn’t have to worry about things because He supplies and protects. 

I am still amazed at this little wonder. This little truth seeker. And she’s six. 

In the busyness of spending time with family and celebrating, I was reminded of how sweet the faith of a child is. 

I was awkward, but despite that I felt a nudge (more like a shove) that said, “Open your eyes. Enjoy the Word as much as she does.”

This, my friends, is how knowledge and wisdom is passed down through the generations. I’m so excited that even for a moment, I could be a part of it! 

Oh, and a big shout out to my Big Sis for having the patience to teach my nieces everyday. You are doing great!! I still can’t believe how well (and fast) the girls are learning!! You’re an amazing teacher and mama! Love you! 

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