My parents moved from Michigan to the Northwest before I was born. Several years later my uncle (my dad's brother) and Auntie Frannie moved out here too. Neither family knew anyone here so we were a tight knit little group.
My Auntie Frannie and Uncle Karl had five kids and money was VERY, VERY tight.
Christmas came and the only thing I really wanted was a Barbie wedding dress.
My sweet Auntie with allllll of those little kids made me the wedding dress on the right that Christmas.
I can still remember how thrilled I was and that was FIFTY years ago. I have treasured it all of these years......even then I knew how much love had gone into it and I tear up just writing about it.
One year my Mum was in the hospital on my birthday. All six of the little pack were outside playing and my Auntie wouldn't let me come into the house. I couldn't figure out why I was banned, but I was. Several hours later she surprised me with the sweetest little birthday party and a yummy cake.
I always felt welcome and loved at their house. It was almost like another set of parents.
She was such a treasure and I loved her so much.
She passed away from Cancer about ten years ago.........about ten years after my uncle. Their sweet daughter (my favorite cousin) passed away about three years ago. All from Cancer. Cancer killed my dad as well. That's a lot of cancer for one little family, I think.
I hope you have an Auntie that you love and who loves YOU!
Bless your little pea-pickin' hearts.
Huggies and Lovies,