When I was in kindergarten, I looked around my classroom one day and realized that I was not like other kids. To me, it seemed, everyone else had a brother or sister. But not me. And it dawned on me that something important was missing from my life.
So naturally, I lied and told my kindergarten teacher that my mom was pregnant. Surely, if I just spoke it into existence, the sibling would eventually arrive. Unfortunately, all that did was create a few embarrassing situations for my poor mother.
So I stared to pray for a sibling – and I thought while I was at it, I had better get pretty specific in my prayers. I asked Jesus for a sister. No thanks, not a brother. It had to be a sister.
And three years later, one week before my 8th birthday, I was holding a tiny, wooly-headed, wrinkly, newborn sister in my arms. One of the greatest gifts I have ever received.
Now – oh my heart – that tiny girl is 26 years old and just 6 months away from marrying her groom. This girl is every bit a gift to me today as she was on the day she was born. We aren’t close in age or in proximity, but I’m thankful everyday that we are close as friends and for the relationship that I’m lucky enough to share with her.
As a general rule, I don’t do engagement photos for couples that have not also hired me to photograph their wedding. BUT, when Emily, Tanner, and Hatch (the wonder dog) were in town for Christmas this year, I could not resist the opportunity to do these photos for them. I loved witnessing their relationship up close – to see the way they laugh and smile together and to catch those little knowing glances that passed between them.