My fabulous cousin just had her second beautiful baby girl! I am almost more excited about Emma than I was two years ago when Annie (her big sister) was born! Although I have to say, it's pretty much a tie :).
My cousin and I are only six months apart, and grew up together. The children of a traveling church planter, my mom and my cousin's dad put down roots and stayed here when their parents (and four other siblings) moved on. When we were kids, we didn't see each other as much as we wanted to. And so, to be perfectly honest, we weren't exactly "best friends" or anything. In high school, we lived in different worlds, went to very different schools, had different friends, and seemingly different interests - although looking back, I realize our interests weren't all that different: we both played sports, were cheerleaders, played musical instruments. Although we got along and enjoyed each other's company, I can't really say we were "close."
Since becoming "grown ups," we've become what I can now confidently call "close." She got married long before I even had a serious relationship, but even though we still didn't have much in common, somewhere around that time we both kind of grew into a new stage of life. The pieces that would give us the capacity to become more than cousins were finally falling into place.
I think I would say that it was a little over two years ago, when Randy and I were dealing with the whole situation with the kids, during which time Annie was born, when she and I really began to grow closer.
Like sisters, we were bound by a relationship neither of us had any say in. And since I had only brothers, and she was an only child for 11 years, we were each the closest thing to a sister the other had, at least as young children. And now, we are more than cousins: we are friends.
And I guess that is why I am so excited about Emma, and know that I will love her every bit as I love her sister and her Mommy. I couldn't possibly be more excited for her if we WERE sisters; and the girls are the closest things to nieces that I have right now.
So congrats to my gorgeous cousin Tina and her lovely family. I love you all so much, and cannot wait to meet the sweet little new addition :).