They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder…
I received word today that my nephew Tyler made the comment, “I want Aunt Jenn to come back”. How precious those words are to me. I can imagine the sweet look on his face as he made this statement. My sister, Jess, does a wonderful job of sending me pictures of her and her family, i.e. Grace after she lost her first tooth, Tyler dressed up for a friend’s wedding, the family as they celebrate different events. It’s been wonderful to know how they are doing and that they all are well. And yet, to hear Tyler’s comment still brings tears to my eyes.
I miss them.
Honestly, it’s been harder being apart from them this time around. This isn’t a temporary season; This is my life now. This is where I am. This is where I want to be. And just at the time I needed, a friend sends a message on the topic of beauty.
You might be wondering what beauty has to do with this, but really it is a matter of perspective. You see, as I read through his thoughts on beauty, though his words were not specifically addressing this situation, I saw the beauty in this moment. I realized that the tears from Tyler’s comment came not in doubt of where I am, but in appreciation for the time I had with them before I moved out here. They came because of the love I have for them and the gratefulness for the relationship we have now. Do I miss them? Absolutely. But they know their Aunt Jenn. They know that I love them. And that is a beautiful thing.
I want to always see the beauty in a person, a situation, or even a moment…
to see the beauty in life.
I’m thankful for the tears, for the way GOD uses me, for the ability to love, for the opportunities to see the beauty in people and in life, and for the beauty of being Aunt Jenn no matter where I am.