Let me tell you a story. I moved into my dorm my freshman year of college and shared a room with this quirky, lovable little redhead named Stephanie. She accidentally sat on a wet washcloth while we were moving in (because it was 100 degrees outside and we were DYING walking up four flights of stairs with all of our stuff – note: our dorm was the only one without an elevator. And we were at THE VERY TOP.) So when we walked next door to meet our neighbor guys (and we were trying to be really cool, because yknow… we’re in COLLEGE now) she looked like she had peed her pants. Which we realized after we got back to our room. Lo and behold, we became best friends.
Fast forward a couple of years to my wedding. I got married the summer between my junior and senior year of college (yeah yeah yeah, I know. I’m crazy – I DO WHAT I WANT! 😉 ) Stephanie was a bridesmaid, and through all of the celebrating and wedding functions she started hanging around JoJo’s older brother Benji . And she was all like, “Oh haaaaaay.” (*insert double eyebrow raise here*) They ended up REALLY hitting it off, and fast forward a couple more years and I was standing by her side while she got married. My master plan worked… now she’s in the family and we’re stuck together foreverrrrrrr! (wahoo!)
As if it couldn’t get any better, I had my second baby a little over a year ago. A son, to love/terrorize our older daughter of course. And at the end of that same year, Benji+Stephanie had a son – Elias.
God. is. GOOD. So good.
This little boy has brought so much joy already! And watching my best friend cross over into motherhood – WOW. It’s beautiful!! She’s a natural. This is the girl who, in the middle of our dorm room with a spaghetti bib taped to the wall as decoration (I still don’t know why that thing was there) taught me so much about loving people. She taught me so much about God’s love for me. A good friend told me once, “Friends are your chosen family”. And through all of the various seasons of life we’ve lived through both together and separately, in all of the different places we’ve called “home”, we’re still family. And now we get to raise our kids together. What a blessing that is!!
So even though these are looooong overdue, here are a handful of pictures from Baby Eli’s newborn session. I can’t believe how much he’s grown already! Seems like it was just yesterday…. Alright, take it away, Eli!
Thanks for being so awesome, Eli. You’re pretty rad.
Until next time…