Meet my aunt, Leslie. She is literally the funniest, most down-to-earth person I know. She is, and always has been, one of my best friends. She’s been my spiritual mentor my entire life and loves Jesus with all her heart. She is 48, lives on the coast of North Carolina in Wilmington, teaches high school english, has never been married, and never had kiddos (though she loves them and claims my sis and me as her own!).
Les isn’t the most graceful and will be the first to tell you she doesn’t love spending her time making gourmet meals. And her lack of these qualities is one of the most endearing things about her. She’d rather be building into her relationships, having fun outside, or playing any game imaginable. Les could live on the water forever and she does a mean cannonball off the back of the boat!
Oh, and as gorgeous as she is on the outside she is even a million times more radiant on the inside (doesn’t seem possible but I promise this is the truth!).
With Les at my rehearsal dinner
With Les at my wedding this past November.
Les out to dinner with friends from work (she’s in the middle)
And as far as “why is she still single?!” (she gets this question often … which I’m sure is a lovely question for a single person to be asked!). She’d say because God hasn’t brought the right man into her life yet. Marriage is certainly something she desires and hopes to have one day! Leslie would be an incredible wife … she would make a man laugh until he cried every single day and has such a servant’s heart.
Here is a post I wrote about Leslie for her birthday a couple of weeks ago – definitely sheds more light on her. Oh … and Les has no idea I’m linking up with Kelly’s Korner for Show Us Your Singles but she’s pretty laid back so I don’t think she’ll mind!
It’s your 36th birthday. Congratulations! You made it and did not drown yesterday.
In all seriousness … it’s my aunt’s birthday today. She is turning 48. And she legit looks like she’s in her mid-30s. And yes, she for real did almost drown yesterday in 4 feet of water on the boat with my family because she randomly decided to jump off the bow. And yes, her nickname is Stupit. Because she made prank phone calls with my mom when they were little to an old lady who called her “stuuuu-pit.” I know this sounds mean but I promise it’s just real, honest-to-goodness, small-town FUNNY.
And she goes by Maudie Finch on Facebook. And she’s single (no kids, never been hitched). Last weekend when she was in town for a conference at Hope she said she’d move to Raleigh if I can find her a man. She’s mildly obsessed with the beach and living in Wilmington so this is HUGE, people. I’m praying for a Raleigh man who loves Jesus and hilarity to swoop her off of her feet because there’s nothing in the world I’d love more than to have my precious/fun/crazy auntie les live two minutes from me instead of two hours. Heck, I’d even take 2o minutes!
Wanna know more about Les?
She was HOT stuff back in the day. Funny to note – she currently owns a new, red convertible. Some things don’t change.
Best family portrait ever. When my mom asked Les to come take our family Christmas card pictures with us at the beach one year, Leslie envisioned a professional photog capturing my immediate family + her. In reality, my mom brought her point and shoot and had Les in mind as the photographer! Definitely one of my favorite family memories.
Literally every single one of my friends loves Les. And I think Les loves each of them even more! I’ve never met anyone with a heart as big as hers (except maybe my momma … my momma’s got a pretty big heart, too!).
This was taken at my Wine & Design shower. I honestly envisioned Les’s painting to be the worst (I realize this sounds kinda mean but I promise you she’d say the same, ha!) … oh man. I have got to find a picture of my momma’s to show y’all. I almost have tears streaming down my face right now just thinking about it. Mom made Les look like Van Gogh.
At a shower thrown by one of Leslie’s best friends. Les was so supportive of our marriage!
Les is a free spirit and I love this quality about her. She’s a teacher so she’s off in the summers. Most of her weekdays are spent sleeping in, going to the ocean and soaking in God’s beauty. She takes nothing for granted and lives each day to it’s fullest potential. When you’re hanging out with Les she makes it clear there’s nowhere else in the world she’d rather be and doesn’t settle for talking about meaningless fluff.
Again … my friends are mildly obsessed with Leslie. She danced the night away with them at our reception – her back is to us and I’m assuming she and Anna Banna are making kissy-faces at each other, ha. Normal!
Les and me at the wedding. Dang I love this woman! Just look at her jewelry. She’s worn that fish ring since I was probably like, 5 years old. And then she has on the bracelet Amie and I gave her a couple of years ago that’s monogrammed with each of our initials. We are her girls!
You constantly inspire me to live life more simply and authentically …
and focus on truth.
You’ve been my spiritual mentor since before I can remember. Christ has been and always will be your #1 priority.
You gave me the most precious gift I received throughout our engagement/wedding. I’ll never forget sitting in your car shortly after Kyle and I got engaged.
You said …
“I know I’m not the best party planner and don’t know a ton about weddings but I want you to know this is important to me and I care deeply about supporting you and Kyle right now. So while I can’t plan a great shower for you or buy you and Kyle boatloads – please know I am committed to praying for you.”
In addition to some very special gifts you also gave us a book of prayers that you wrote out for us throughout our engagement as our wedding present.
I firmly believe we’ve had such a sweet first year of marriage in huge part because of your prayers.
This meant more than anything in the world you could have EVER given us!
SO … Happy birthday, Easter Bunny!!
I love you!!!!
(YES … we are weird … and I am wayyyyy more weird because of you!).