Two years ago our Nikki came into our lives when our babies were just 8 months old. 3 days a week she is here with our babies, with us, and we couldn't be more grateful.
We knew from the start that she was talented, kind, funny, smart and had a badass way of just handling things.
We knew from many references that she was an artist and would always have projects for the kids. But man, was that an understatement. Art projects and cooking and gardening, you name it, they do it.
She's gone on to prove herself invaluable. She has given us her blood, sweat and tears - literally - as any good caretaker does. She's sacrificed her body and her sanity for the sake of not only our children, but for us. I consider Nikki a member of our family forever but moreso than even that, she is my friend. She loves us back.
I don't for the life of me know what we would have done - would do - without her, and I hate to even think of how just awful and terrible our children would be today without her steady hand, her loving touch and her wise calming words.
In the past year we've seen so much together. We've transitioned to toddler beds and potty trained. We've watched their language and communication skills take leaps and bounds before our eyes. We've laughed our heads off but tried our best not to let them see it. We've shared our frustrations and our joys. Our sadness and our laughter.
Everyone in our new neighborhood likes you more than they like me I'm pretty sure and I can't say I blame them.
You've been here for not only our kids but for us through tragedy and celebrations throughout the last year and we can't imagine not including you in all of it. You are like breathing to all of us, so enmeshed in our daily lives even on the days we don't see you, you are spoken of as if you are here.
I don't know how we got so lucky.
I cannot imagine doing all this without you. You are our Didi and our Nikki. You are our rock and our family. We are forever yours and you are ours whether you like it or not. We got you.
So Happy 2 - Year Nanniversary, Nikki. Even when you aren't with us any longer, like maybe in 20 or 25 years (I CANNOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT) we will still celebrate this day. You are helping do the parenting and care-taking and building up our kids to be just awesome citizens of our planet. And for that, we are eternally grateful.
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