The above picture is of three very important people in my life. On the left is my Gramps, in the middle is my Mom (holding me), and on the right is my great Aunt Dot. I decided to post this photo today because I wanted to share how grateful I am for my Aunt Dot.
Aunt Dot grew up in the Northeast the youngest of two. She put up with the antics of my Gramps, which was no small feat! 🙂 She raised two daughters and is the loving grandmother of five and the great grandmother of three. She also is an incredible aunt to 4, a great-aunt to 8, and a great-great aunt to 7. Some people would say she has a full life, and I’d have to agree with them. :). People have told me that I’m a miniature Aunt Dot, and I’ve always taken that as a major compliment!
Titus 2 talks a lot about older women teaching the younger. My Aunt Dot has been an example of this my whole life. Here are some of the things I’ve learned from her over the past 30 years….
1. She is what a giving person looks like. As a child, she used to send me notes and/or cards on every holiday just so that I would know she loves me. Now as an adult, I still cherish every card she send!
2. She tears up when I leave (or any other family member leaves) because she treasures family.
3. She is very hospitable. Her home was always open and she could cook like no other!
4. She is a great conversationalist. I have always loved sitting at her table and talking life! She has always made me feel heard.
5. She loves Jesus with her whole heart and I’m grateful that I’ll be able to spend eternity with her.
6. She tells me stories about my Gramps because she loves and misses him too.
7. She has always believed in me, supported me, and encouraged me.
She is someone that I have always looked up to and wanted to be like. I hope to some day have her class and grace. She will forever be my role model and my awesome Aunt Dot!
“Her children rise up and call her blessed” Proverbs 31:28a