Ever since my niece was born, I’ve adored her. She is my favorite little girl ever and I like to tell people that she is my heart outside of my body. I’ve always treasured every moment we spend together and I love the bond that we have. I have always been thankful that my brother and sister-in-law have let us spend so much time together and have trusted us on some pretty fun adventures with Autumn.
In just over one week, Nick, Jenna, and Autumn will head to the Pacific Northwest for a new adventure in their lives. Boxes are being packed, moving truck is reserved, and they are getting all their ducks in a row for the move. I will miss ALL of them SO much.
We’ve had some pretty fabulous sleep-overs over the years with Autumn. From her very first sleepover where Nick brought her little princess bed with her, and then we put a bed in our spare room just for her as she got older and too big to sleep in her sleeping bag on the floor. This past year, we’ve also camped out in the living room in her super cool castle tent. Regardless of what we’ve done, it’s been such a fun time.
The last two weekends we’ve had a sleepover and she’s requested one more before they leave. Of course we’ll make that happen because every time we see her, we know that soon there will be many miles between us.
In the last two weeks alone we have gone ice skating, she’s gone running with me, we’ve done puzzles, she made a stepping stone for me, we went to the movies, and I took her to the spray ground. We can have fun just hanging out at home, but it’s fun to do activities with her.
We’re making memories. Memories that I will hold onto when they move. Memories that I will remember forever. No surprise to anyone that knows me, I am such a sentimental person and I treasure my family. I struggle with the sadness of them moving and supporting them as they live their lives. Life goes on… We may end up thousands of miles apart, but our love will never change.
I don’t know how I will see them off, I know it won’t be easy. I refuse to say the word goodbye because it’s not goodbye. It will be until we see you again. There will be visits and phone calls and texts and Face Time and care packages that I already have planned to send from our corner of the country to theirs.
This little girl will always – ALWAYS – mean the world to me. I hope as she grows older, she looks back on all the memories we made and smiles. I know I’ll be smiling whenever I think of her sweet little voice and her huge heart.