Well, this mama is one of my favorite people in the world – ever. Her name is Asa. She may not be my biological sister, but does that really matter? According to everything else and anyone you ask, we are sisters. I love her so incredibly much. The day of my wedding, she was getting pretty anxious about this guy coming back to Arkansas from Australia. She was definitely excited to reconnect with him and, of course, I was happy for her. I didn’t think much about it the true dynamics of everything so after our honeymoon was over and we got to catch up, I realized she was falling really hard for this Alex fella. Time passed and she booked her plane ticket to Australia. And then another. At this point, I was just waiting for the ring in the pictures. I knew he had stolen her heart for good. After a crazy ridiculously cute and romantic proposal, she came back to the States. So there it was…would she stay here or chase this crazy boy she was madly in love with back to Australia? Well, it was the latter. I had mixed felling about this guy at first, let me tell you. So ecstatic for Asa but not real fond of this idea of separation. She was my soul sister. My other half. But really, I just wanted her happy and who wouldn’t try out Australia living if they had the chance, right?!
So fast forward a couple years later, I woke up from a dream that she was pregnant. I immediately texted her. With the time difference, it’s common our text messages get lost to each other and forget to reply. But give it a couple weeks and I was at a local chocolate boutique with my other bestest friend in the world when the she was calling. I knew it… I did. She was pregnant. I mean, I did already tell her that a couple weeks before anyway. I have spent the past 15 months watching this little niece, Emmaline, of mine grow up. I love her more than I can say or write.
They finally booked flights back to the States for Christmas. I knew I would be happy to see her and her new family, but if you could have told me about the emotions I felt that day, I wouldn’t have believed you. I didn’t expect to cry like that. And I still get emotional every time I tell someone about meeting Emmaline for the first time or even just typing it here right now. It’s sure a feeling I will never forget. You guys…she is perfect in every way possible. She is beautiful. So sweet and kind. She has the best little laugh that is so contagious and a hug that is sure to melt your heart. That first time she reached for me and wanted me to hold her is really second best moment next to getting to meet her. She is just perfect. She is my little sugar.
I couldn’t share the images from our session without embarrassing us both with some pictures from the past first though 🙂
So now that we have seen our crazy college days, my wedding and everything in between, here is her beautiful little family!