Thanking God for my many sisters and future nephew

For those of you who do not know, my sister is expecting a baby boy in late March.

A few months after she married her husband, Glen, Kaitlyn told all of us they found out she was pregnant with their first child. Kaitlyn and I met up for lunch on Friday and when I told her I had a column coming up, she joked that I should write about her pregnancy.


Well, here you go Kait!

Kaitlyn's baby will be my very first nephew and let me just say, I am pumped!


When she first sent me an audio recording of his heartbeat, I nearly cried and I showed his first sonogram to almost everyone I ran into. I am fully prepared to be the aunt who spoils her nephew horribly. Although, I'll admit that the idea of "Aunt Kayla" sounds really foreign to me.

I'll have to find a suitable nickname. Something cute and whimsical, not at all like the nickname my other sister, Jaimee, called me when I was growing up. I still don't know where she got "Tosh" from and I don't think she does either!

Kait's about a month from her due date and I'm counting down. Of course, it's easier for me because I don't have to go through labor. I just get to hold him and kiss his soft forehead.

She is also the only family member I've felt comfortable enough with to ask to touch her stomach. I have to say, as weird as it is to feel him kick me or nudge me, it's truly amazing. He is a little miracle from God and I simply can't wait to meet him.

I would be remiss if I did not mention my younger sister here, whose praises I have been singing all weekend long. For those of you who were not able to see North Harford High School's production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" last weekend, you missed out.

My younger sister, Logan, played the lead role of Anne Frank and she was great. I don't think I'm being biased either, she truly rocked that show.

She has been working on her lines for months and it really showed in her performance. My husband, John, was not able to go on opening night but after he heard all of the praise, he had to see it for himself Friday night.

I saw the play twice, but I didn't mind. The whole cast did really well and I was surprised at how impressed I was. John even said after a while he stopped seeing Logan as Logan and started seeing her as Anne Frank.


It was the same for me as well, which was strange during the ending when the Nazis came to drag the family out of their attic hiding place. That scene gave me chills and I think the students did a great job with the whole production.

Even though I've told her several times already, I just want to write how proud I am of Logan, with both her work in school and her performance in the play. She is becoming an amazing young woman and I couldn't be more blessed to have her as my sister.

Growing up, my sisters drove me crazy and as Jaimee so nicely reminded me Saturday evening, I apparently gave it right back. Now that we are all little older, I think we all appreciate each other more.

I know when Peyton, my 4-year-old sister on my mother's side, hits her teenage years, it may be hard to appreciate her attitude, but I also know how blessed I am to have all of my sisters, including my sisters-in-law, Judy and Sam.

They are all very precious to me and I thank God for such great friends.