A definite highlight of this trip back to the U.S. was meeting our newest nephew, Oliver. He is the second baby in our family to be born since Craig and I have been in Japan and we were counting down the days until we got to see the little guy in person (not to mention smooch on those cheeks).
The birth of Oliver and our niece, Laynee, before him were two of the most wonderful events of the past two years but also the toughest to miss. Seeing our siblings become parents has been exciting and emotional — we just wish we could be more a part of it. That being said, we’re amazed at the relationships we’ve been able to build with these amazing tiny humans thanks to the wonders of technology. They’ve come to know our faces and learned to recognize us by our voices. We’ve created games through the screen and they’ve christened us with nicknames. We’ve watched them try new foods and take first steps through shared videos. We’ve built a digital baby book we can look back through whenever our hearts are a bit sick for home.
As our family continues to grow, we look forward to all we’ll be able to share with them as they grow based on our time abroad. That knowledge will be among our greatest gifts to them and we hope to take them on their own adventures one day. Nothing beats those smiles when they see Auntie Pejo and Uncle Teg on the screen. While we count down the days between each meeting, we’re so thankful to be a part of each every milestone, no matter how far away we are.