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Now graduated from her role as a homeschooling mom of 8, Dawn Camp devotes her time and love of stories to writing her first novel. She enjoys movie nights, cups of Earl Grey, and cheering on the Braves. She and her husband navigate an ever-emptying nest in the Atlanta suburbs.

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  1. Such a sweet tribute to your wonderful aunts! I love that they were so involved in all of the children’s lives. They definitely taught some great life lessons, and it was very insightful of you to define them and articulate them here. What blessings they are to your family!!

  2. I loved this! It reminded me of my childless great-aunts…Aunt Myrtle and Aunt Pearl. They were both married and outlived their husbands. I grew up with them. My Aunt Myrtle died almost 15 years ago, but my Aunt Pearl is 94 and still just as dear. I’m so grateful my 10 & 6 yr old children get to know her. They adore her and she…them. I have learned much from them!

  3. I had an extra-special unmarried and childless great aunt, also. I also learned one of my biggest life-lessons from her: Nothing is too small to pray about. I got my first pair of contacts when I was 10 yrs. old. Shortly afterward I was staying with her and my widower grandpa (they lived together on a farm), when I lost a contact while playing on the hammock. I went inside to report the loss to Aunt Ruth. I’d given it up as hopeless. She went outside, sat on the hammock, and prayed. (She’d never even seen a contact lense before.) Just a few minutes had passed before she was back inside, holding my contact between her fingers, saying “is this it?” And I learned that God cares about even our little concerns and lost items. I’m so grateful for her example!

  4. Thank you for this testimony. As a childless aunt myself, I give thanks for the hope of influence for good with my nieces and nephews. Thank you again.

  5. This was so fun to read. One of the most treasured women in my life has been my Great Aunt Alene. She was widowed at a young age, without children, and never remarried. She was a second mother to my father, and a second grandmother to me. While my grandmother is a sweet, gentle homebody; Aunt Alene is an adventurous world traveler who never holds back or holds her tongue — even at 93! She was also a painter and an antique collector. She tells the BEST stories, and as a creative young child, I could sit and listen to her tales of far away adventures, explore her antique treasures, and sift through her paintings for hours. I still love her stories. Now she lovingly cares for her sister, my grandmother, although she always manages to get out of the house for BINGO.

  6. What a sweet post and tribute to your aunts!
    You are right, those three qualities will help in pretty much any relationship. Thank you for that reminder, especially the empathy part. Sometimes it’s easier than others!

  7. As someone still on the journey to having kids, I love knowing I can have a legacy no matter what! Thanks for the new perspective and encouragement, dear Dawn!