Victoria O’Neill

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My Answered Prayer  

When my niece was born, it was like all time had stopped and everything changed for the better. I remember holding Paislee Claire O’Neill for the first time and realizing how different life would be from now on. I had no idea how to process everything in my brain, but it was all I had ever wanted. Growing up, I had always wanted my parents to adopt another child to have a baby around, but they always said no. Since I was the youngest, I wanted a younger sibling, someone to spoil and look up to me. It was very surprising to me how this could have happened because I distinctly remember praying for there to be a baby in the family.

Paislee was born on June 22, 2019. She weighed six pounds, thirteen ounces, and measured nineteen inches long. She was perfect. I remember going to the hospital on the day she was born and preparing myself for what was about to happen. I had a very different experience from everyone else because I was asked to photograph her birth. Being the one to photograph the birth of my first niece, I was more nervous than I was excited because I was afraid I would miss something very important. This was one of the more unique experiences I have had in my life–my photographing my sister-in-law giving birth is not something a sister-in-law usually does. None of that mattered and all was put aside for the sake of this extremely important and beautiful moment. My heart was beating out of my chest as I anxiously waited to meet my first niece. When I saw her for the first time, my eyes froze as they hit her body, and I could not think about anything else. 

As my brother went to tell the family the big news, I sat there being the very first person in my family to hold Paislee. My sister-in-law was still recovering from exhaustion and did not have the strength to hold Paislee, so I was given the greatest gift of holding my beautiful niece first. I will never forget this moment as I held her little hand in mine and felt her soft skin. As I held her, I could not stop staring into her gorgeous blue eyes. It was at this moment that I instantly knew I would love and cherish her forever with all my heart. 

 As Paislee has gotten older, many memories have been made with her. Memories including being one of the first people to give her a bath, staying up late with her while her mommy and daddy could sleep because it was rough the first few weeks, being one of the first people to witness her first steps, and so much more. Paislee is now one and already has the sassiest personality ever. She never fails to let everyone know who is boss by constantly yelling as loud as she can until she gets what she wants. 

Looking back, I do not remember how life was without Paislee, but I would not change it for the world. There is no better feeling in the world than being an aunt. Even though she is only one, she has managed to transform the way I look at my life. She has taught me new ways to think about things and to always be happy. She was the one thing my family was missing, and she was my answered prayer. It is hard to believe how a little girl can have such a huge impact on so many people. Paislee has brought so much joy into our lives, and God has truly blessed us with her on this earth. I am beyond grateful for my niece and will forever cherish the wonderful moments and memories made with her.  

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