Can you see the similarities? Those tell-tale,
family resemblances between an aunt and her niece?
No? Look harder.
They have the same smile;
the same eagerness to hug;
the same love of books and trees and the outdoors;
the same ability to turn Barbies into heroines;
the same preference for berries over candy;
the same irritation with Veronica Salt and Edmund Pevensie;
the same tendency to be a little too honest and blunt;
the same adoration of a certain Uncle Michael;
the same Baptismal markings of redemption on their foreheads and on their hearts;
and the same confession on their lips of Christ crucified for sinners.
They may have been born on different continents, but have no doubt. They are family, and their ties run deeper than flesh and blood.
Have you and your husband considered adoption?