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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Uncles/Aunts (04/17/08)

By jodie banner


You were so small. I could barely make out your little face through the tears welling up in my eyes. For the first time in my life I deeply inhaled that beautiful baby scent and my heart was yours. You were many other firsts. My mothers first grandchild, my sisters first child, and my first niece. I was an aunt. I was thrilled.

You changed my life. Another first was the unconditional, all-encompassing love that I felt for you. Love had always been something to be earned and I had learned early in life to never give it away. The price I paid had been dear. I was only twenty years old but as a child I had already experienced many aspects of this world's darkside. Your birth brought me hope of a future far removed from my past.

Soon, I had to leave you in my sister's care and go back to my life five thousand miles away. However, that tiny spark of pure, free love would sustain me for another twelve years. Then, I would finally relent and accept the ultimate gift of love from our Savior. However, my heart tells me He planted your tiny seed of love, the first of many, to pave the way for His future work in my life. You are grown now, and you have become a beautiful young lady. God has blessed me with many other nieces and nephews, and children of my own. Yet I still thank my dear Jesus for you, my first niece, my first taste of life's possibilities.

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Merryl Vaughan04/25/08
Special. (Have you told her?)
Merryl Vaughan04/25/08
Special. (Have you told her?)
Merryl Vaughan04/25/08
Special. (Have you told her?)
Patty Wysong04/26/08
This is so touching and yet so simple.
Marilyn Schnepp 04/26/08
Very sweet tribute.
Lynda Schultz 04/28/08
A lovely glimpse of God's grace. I wished for more details as to your MC's background and why she was so hurt. A little punctuation ie' "mother's first grandchild" is needed, I think (unless someone changed the rules again-ha!) Very nice.
Lauryn Abbott04/28/08
What a tender tribute you've written here. Thank you for sharing such a lovely story.
Jan Ackerson 04/28/08
How lovely! I hope you share this with your sister and with your niece.
Debbie Wistrom04/28/08
Thanks for sharing this. A special time for all, no doubt.
Loren T. Lowery04/28/08
I agree this is a very beautiful, loving tribute. For some reason, as I read, I kept thinking the narrator would reveal that this special niece was in reality, her child. However, that it lead to her redemption and gave her hope, makes the story so compelling.
Joshua Janoski04/28/08
You packed so much goodness in so few words. I agree that you should share this with your niece if you havenít done so already. It is beautiful.

Thank you for sharing.
Chely Roach04/28/08
Such a gorgeous little tribute...just beautiful.
Willena Flewelling 04/29/08
A child is a blessing in so many ways... Thanks for sharing this.
Laury Hubrich 04/30/08
Jodie, this is a very sweet entry. Nice job!
Dianne Janak04/30/08
I love this! How sweet this is... I want to show it to my two daughters who are new aunts to our triplet grandbabies... They will love this.. thanks!
Dee Yoder 04/30/08
Oh, this brings back memories of my first niece, too. It is a sweet moment when that first baby comes to the next generation in a family. Very touching.
Joy Faire Stewart04/30/08
This was a delight to read, so sweet and tender.
Sara Harricharan 04/30/08
Awww! So special! I loved the transparency and especially the spark of 'pure love'. Wonderful! ^_^
Joanne Sher 04/30/08
Oh! Just beautiful. Poetry in prose.
Angela M. Baker-Bridge04/30/08
Great angle on the topic. You brought back memories of when I become an aunt, then my sister moved to Italy to raise her family. It's a hole in my heart. Now I'm a great-aunt and will probably never know my sister's grandchildren.
Catrina Bradley 04/30/08
Beautiful sentiments, Jodie. Is this your testimony? Very nicely done - brought back memories of my excitement over my first nephew.