Life is worth celebrating.
New life and even old life.
I loved being a part of Anna's celebration of her and her husband, Ian's, sweet baby girl. Anna has been a friend since I moved to Virginia in 2004 and is one of the most dedicated, caring, compassionate, and giving women I know. She is married to Ian, is stepmother to Jack and Oliver, and now mommy to Cordelia "Cora" Grace.
Many friends pulled together to make Anna's baby shower special and everything from the colors, to the flowers, and the spirit of the event was exactly how it had been planned. It was genuine.
It rained so hard for nearly an hour and we loved the entourage of bikers that sat under the overhang of the church to stay dry during the storm. They were champs and even allowed me to catch a photo of them.
Family came from near and far and even a dear friend surprised Anna by flying in from Lower Alabama with her infant son. It was priceless.
Little did anyone know that this would be the last time most would get the joy of spending time with Anna's 97 year old grandmother, Lu. She was full of joy for the arrival of her great-granddaughter but sadly went to be with Jesus 10 days after these last photos were taken of her. Anna's grandmother loved her dearly and the smile she flashed during photos proved that love. I am thankful that God allowed us all to be together to celebrate and that Anna and her mom have some precious photos with family on Lu's last days on earth.
I am thankful for life.
I love that my dear friends are in the trenches of motherhood alongside of me, because sometimes those trenches are deep and never ending.