This week’s Throwback Thursday features my niece, Chaylene (we call her Chach). Chach turns 20 this year and is probably one of my favorite people. She was one of those girls that glowed up in the latter part of her high school years. Freshman and Sophomore year, she was this skinny stick of girl with glasses and braces then once the braces came off in Junior year, she changed her style and boys took notice. Back when Facebook was populated by teenagers, Chach used to post on there a lot. She is the niece that I swear could be a contemporary YA protagonist. She is the telenovela queen of our family. She kept me laughing all the time with the outrageous stories she came home with. Like the time she was standing in line at lunch in back of the hottest guy ever (her words) and she stared for so long and so hard that when he looked back and met her eye, she blurted, “You’re so hot!” and just when she was patting herself on the back for speaking coherently to a hot guy, he says, “Thanks, my boyfriend thinks so too” and Chach immediately deflates. She came home and told me, “I hit on a gay guy today.” and while she was disappointed that she struck out, she laughed at herself because she would be the one to finally work up the nerve to talk to a boy and find out that he’s gay. That he’s not at all interested in her. A few months after that, a couple of other boys later, Justin Bieber’s song, “As Long As You Love Me” comes out and Chach made the following graphic: She posted it on Facebook and I laughed and laughed and laughed because this is exactly Chach’s personality. These days, Chach is serving a full time mission for our Church. She’s at the Missionary Training Center in Utah, waiting on her visa so that she can go forth and teach the people of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. She’s beyond excited and is doing really great things. She’s 19, almost 20 and she’s just as beautiful now as she was then.