Cousins are those childhood playmates who grow up to be forever friends.
We celebrated Rylan's first birthday this year.
This was such an emotional day for me.
I remember the day your Nana called to tell us Rylan had been born.
It was a day of great uncertainty.
I was honored that your Uncle Brian took me back to meet Rylan that day - in the NICU. He was so tiny, though he looked like the NICU bully, being so much larger than most of the other babies. He was surrounded by machines.
But I knew the moment I saw him, that I would love him forever. He holds a special place in my heart.
And, yours too Pumpkin.
From the time we knew that your Uncle Brian and Aunt Beth were expecting, you prayed for their baby. You wrote a slip for the prayer wall each week at church for their baby. Steadily.
At the time I thought it was sweet that you were so concerned for your Uncle Brian, who you have always adored.
Now, I see that Rylan needed each of those prayers. And continues to need the prayers we say for him daily.
You love him in a special way, just like me. I can see it in your eyes when you see him.
The heart is the strongest muscle in the body. You love fiercely with yours!