Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Goodbye and Good Luck to Auntie Molly

Sweet Pea, Average, and I are very lucky to have a large and loving family that has provided tremendous support to us adventure as new parents. My sister, Molly, is one member of this amazing family that has been especially involved in our lives during this time. Just yesterday, she left for her training in Madagascar as a Peace Corps volunteer, where she will have possibly very limited access to phones or internet. I don't know what we would have done without her so many times over the last year and a half, and while I am super excited and proud of her for taking on a huge new challenge in her life, I can't believe she's going to be gone for the next two years.

What follows are just a few of the moments I remember from everything Molly has done for us. I don't think anyone could have been more excited to find out she was going to be an auntie, and she was thrilled to be invited to be at our birth. She held the trash can for me when I threw up, brought me water and washcloths, and took great photos of the whole thing. She stayed with us for five days after Sweet Pea was born, and along with my mom kept our house cleaner than it ever normally is, cooked us great food, held Sweet Pea every chance she got, and brought me anything I asked for. As an aunt, she is amazing with Sweet Pea. A month ago I drove three hours to watch our brother graduate from college. Average had an issue at work at the last minute so he wasn't able to make it, so it was just me and baby. The first hour was fine but the last two hours, after it got dark, were hellish. My screaming toddler would not be comforted by anything: music, singing, talking to her, snacks, water, toys, nothing. I stopped several times and she would be happy out of the car, then unhappy as soon as she got back into her seat. The last few minutes I called my sister and she talked on speaker phone to us and Sweet Pea finally quieted down. When we got to town, Molly got in the car with us for the ride to where we were sleeping, to keep Sweet Pea company. The second night we were there she came and slept with us so that I could have help while getting ready for bed and getting up in the morning. Last week, while she was making her final preparations for her trip, she babysat Sweet Pea for us for three days while I attended a class to maintain my teaching license. Really, everything I've ever asked for and more, she has done for us, happily. She deserves a prize for Most Wonderful Aunt.

Yesterday Sweet Pea, me, and my dad said goodbye to her at the airport. We are thrilled for her to have this opportunity and adventure, and I know she will learn so much and have a wonderful time, but we are going to miss her like crazy.

Molly: We are so proud of you for choosing to do this. You are an incredible person and we know you will continue to change people's lives for the better on the other side of the world, as you have done here. We love you and send you all our best wishes!
Hugs and Kisses,
Your Big Sister

2 comments:

  1. I know just how you feel! You are so happy for her but sad to be without her. I cry so hard for days after I get to visit with my sister. I'm sure she will have the best time on her new adventure!

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  2. I miss you guys Rose.... it's good here, but it's crazy and I love helping you and being with you and Stella, there's nothing that makes me happier and I really, really miss it. Hope you're all doing well and loving each other lots... group hug for me haha ... You're the best sister and it's so great to have such a supportive family. Love youuuuu

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