I am blessed with an amazing family. One of the most amazing set of relationships I have within my family is with my cousins.
In July of 2007 we spent two weeks in Peru involved in Missions and later, vacation. This trip was monumental in our lives and, as it turns out, it was the end before the beginning.
At the end of July, my cousin Spencer and his wife Alli shared with us the news that they were expecting the first addition to their family. It was mere seconds later that Christan and I realized we, too, were expecting. Alli and I shared the months of expectation together almost every single day. “How are you feeling? What are you registering for? Are you ready?” It was incredibly special to me to have shared something so intimate with my cousin-friend. There really isn’t anything quite like being pregnant with someone and here we were, family, about to add two little boys to an incredible mix of love and fun.
Bradley just celebrated his first birthday and I was honored that they asked me to come and celebrate the milestone with his 1 Year Photo Session and attend his birthday party where I could capture the cake eating moments. Bradley’s birthday celebration flashed it all back through my heart on fast forward. Where on earth had the time gone? It felt like seconds ago that both Alli and I were just dreaming of Bradley and Ashton and now, here was this walking, talking little life that was stuffing his face with cake. Seemingly independent and surrounded in endless love, there has been no more dramatic of a bookmark than this baby’s life. His advancements, his growth, his changes all marking the passing of time in tauntingly shocking ways.
Sweet Bradley, a truly gentle, happy, and loving baby boy. You may never know how excited your Momma was in the wait for you but I know. I will remind you in the years to come as you play with Ashton and we spend weeks in the summer together as cousins once again. I’ll never forget the moment I heard of your coming and I’ll always remember the moment I first saw you. Happy 1st Birthday, BAM!