“Aunt Ana, cousin Jelena, can we please, please, please spend the night.” Journey and Joshua asked batting those big brown eyes at them.
“If it’s okay with your Mom it’s okay with us.” Ana and Jelena both agreed.
“I would actually be grateful.” Vania admitted. I am working over time tonight. One of the officers was injured a few days ago, I have to cover his shift.
“Alright Vania , but be careful please.”
“I always try to be.” Vania said. “I have two beautiful children to come home to.”
“Mommy is a super hero.” Joshua said. “Grandma and Grandpa Alexei were super heros too, huh Aunt Ana?”
“Yes they were.”
“You know what Mommy says that Jesus is the bestest super hero of all.” Joshua said, his brown eyes growing wider.
“She is right Joshua your Mommy knows what she is talking about.”
In a matter of seconds it seemed Journey was climbing on Ana and Joshua was climbing on Jelena.
“Be careful for cousin Jelena.” Vania told Joshua.
“Vania it’s okay, I am not going to break.”
“I know Jelena, sorry I guess I can get a little over bearing. I just don’t want Joshua to hurt you. He can be a little active.”
“Vania I would worry if he weren’t active, he’s a five year old boy.”
“Your right of course.”
“I know you are only trying to help, and thank you for that, and I know you want Joshua to be a well behaved little boy, which he is, you do great with that, but Vania I promise you I am not going to break, and I promise I won’t challenge the kids to any races. Yet!” Jelena added with a wink.
“I have no doubt that before long you will be challenging them to a race, but I just don’t want to see you hurt.”
“Vania I love you, and I appreciate you, but I am not going to break cousin.”
Jelena was frankly getting tired of people treating her like she was glass. The accident hadn’t made her so fragile she was going to break, but she could not be upset at Vania at least not for long because Vania only wanted the best for her. Jelena knew her family loved her and that they were doing what they did because they wanted the best for her. It was hard to be mad at someone who was only trying to bless you and hard to stay mad at someone who spent her life trying to save others.
Jelena was very aware where Vania’s drive came from. She understood very well, because they had grown up in the same nightmare, they may not have actually been sisters, but sometimes cousins were as close as sisters, and they had become like sisters when she had lived with Aunt Isha, when her Mom had been hurt. She knew she hadn’t been the most pleasant of children back then, but she did outgrow the anger and bitterness, which was definitely a good thing, because Jelena got tired of herself and being angry all the time when she was younger. She knew that her family understood that she really wasn’t that mean or hateful when she was younger, she was more scared than anything. Terrified of losing her Mother, after she was shot, and the truth was sometimes she still found herself terrified.
Their grandfather had scarred them all deeply, but they tried their best to overcome that, instead they wanted to prove to them that living a life for Christ was worth it. Jelena was not going to give into the hate, that she sometimes felt building up into her, the hate for grandfather. It made her ashamed of her heritage and who she was. It had taken them all awhile to realize who they were, where they came from was not measured by the evil their grandfather did, Christ blood had taken care of that. They were not what their grandparents were, and that fact in itself was more than reassuring.
Vania had changed a lot to, in the years since they were children. She now had children of her own and she understood more about her Mothers worries when they were children. She understood the desire to protect them, but knowing that there would be a time that she would eventually have to let them grow up, but the Justice and Joshua were still young, but five years had gone by quickly and the rest of the time would as well. Vania knew time was fleeting and every day before she put her uniform on, pinned that badge on, and carried that side arm, she prayed, because she had two children to come home too, and while Thomas was away on that base in Japan she had to be both Mother and father to their precious twins.
Vania prayed every day that she would make it home without injury, and that Thomas would too. She thanked the Lord every time she got a letter, or a call from Thomas because she knew then that at least at the time the letter was sent or the call was received Thomas was okay. Hearing from Thomas brought so much joy to Vania’s heart. Ana could see the difference in her sisters whole demeanor when she heard from her husband, it brought so much joy to her, and the children. They loved hearing from their Daddy, and couldn’t wait until he got home. Ana knew her sister held the same sentiment, and she could understand that feeling.
Ana was lonely herself, but not for the next night, she was going to take care of her sisters children, and they brought her so much joy.
Ana prayed someday she would have children of her own. She saw what joy her sister found in being a Mother, and she knew that she would make a good Mother too, because she had good people who had set examples for her. Her sister, her Mother, her Aunts, they were great parents.
“Aunt Ana thank you for letting us stay the night, can we go the park later?”
“How about we make a picnic lunch?”
“Oh yay!!! Cousin Jelena do you want to come too?”
Ana didn’t know what Jelena would say, she didn’t like going out a lot, because it made her self-conscious but it was hard to say no to these kids when all they wanted to do was spend time with their Aunt and cousin. Finally the four brown eyes, and big smiles won her over.
“You know what I think I would love too.”
“Oh yay Cousin Jelena, I will push you on the swings if you want.”
Jelena couldn’t help but laugh at Justice’s enthuasism.
“Thank you sweetie, but I don’t think I am up to the swings yet.” Jelena said.
“Oh I am sorry Cousin Jelena, when you get better maybe then you can swing with us?”
“When I get better, I promise I will.” Jelena said, but right now I think I am going to help your Aunt Ana make those sandwiches so we can have a picnic.
“Oh boy thank you. “
It took so little to excite children these age, and Joshua and Justice were no different. In fact they were probably more appreciative than some children because Vania made sure these children showed respect and appreciation to those that were older than them.
Lord thank you for my niece and my nephew, allow me to be a good Aunt to them and help Vania to raise them in a Godly home despite a crazy world. Vania’s faith is strong Lord, but she struggles sometimes, but Lord in those struggles she knows to turn to you, we all struggle Lord, but Vania has two children that need her, and they need her strong, even when she feels weak Lord.
Ana looked at her adorable niece and nephew and smiled because she was blessed. She did not have children of her own, yet, but maybe someday Ana would have children of her own. In the meantime she was grateful for these precious children her niece and nephew, and was going to do the best to help her sister. Ana knew when the time came, she was going to be the best parent possible, and that her sister would be there to help her.
1 Better the poor whose walk is blameless
than a fool whose lips are perverse.
2 Desire without knowledge is not good—
how much more will hasty feet miss the way!
3 A person’s own folly leads to their ruin,
yet their heart rages against the LORD.
4 Wealth attracts many friends,
but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.
5 A false witness will not go unpunished,
and whoever pours out lies will not go free.
6 Many curry favor with a ruler,
and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts.
7 The poor are shunned by all their relatives—
how much more do their friends avoid them!
Though the poor pursue them with pleading,
they are nowhere to be found.[a]
8 The one who gets wisdom loves life;
the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
and whoever pours out lies will perish.
10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury—
how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!
11 A person’s wisdom yields patience;
it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
12 A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion,
but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish child is a father’s ruin,
and a quarrelsome wife is like
the constant dripping of a leaky roof.
14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents,
but a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 Laziness brings on deep sleep,
and the shiftless go hungry.
16 Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life,
but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.
17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD,
and he will reward them for what they have done.
18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope;
do not be a willing party to their death.
19 A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty;
rescue them, and you will have to do it again.
20 Listen to advice and accept discipline,
and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
22 What a person desires is unfailing love[b];
better to be poor than a liar.
23 The fear of the LORD leads to life;
then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
24 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;
rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.
26 Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother
is a child who brings shame and disgrace.
27 Stop listening to instruction, my son,
and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice,
and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.
29 Penalties are prepared for mockers,
and beatings for the backs of fools.
The words in the Bible would help her through the time when and if she was blessed with children as well, and if she could not have children naturally then maybe she could adopt. Vania was adopted as was Jasmine and they were treated no different that Ana and Ahab, all that mattered was that the children were love, and Ana would love any child she was blessed with.