It is the middle of the night. I am sitting at my computer, tired, heavy eyelids, feeling slightly overwhelmed with work, and feeling zombielike and in much need of sleep. This is until I stumbled across a picture of the one little girl in this world that fills my heart with a love so big, I did not know it could exist. This little girl is my niece, Madelyn Grace.
I was looking for a picture on our online gallery, and stumbled across this personal album Alicea posted in 2010 from the Boogie at the Zoo with Kim Massie. I remember Alicea telling me about going to this event. While other children were requesting Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, Madi marched right up to the stage, and kindly asked Ms. Massie to play some Alicia Keys. She is def. her mother's daughter, and her Aunt's niece. :)
When I look at this picture, I can hear the music. I can I see her living in the moment. I can hear that sweet, little laugh only she can do. I can see her twirling in circles and clapping her hands, and I can feel her pulling on my hand to come join her. I look at this photo, and I want so bad for her to remain this sweet, innocent five year old girl. I want her to stay this little, but at the same time, I see my hopes and dreams for her future. I love you, Madi....and thank you for being you, everyday.