Today we honor two special people on their birthdays.
Jenna celebrates her 15th birthday today! I can't believe she is 15 already. I have known Jenna for 11 years - since she was Vienne's age.
Jenna holds a very special place in my heart as she used to be one of my students when I taught kindergarten all those years ago. Jenna's Mom, Laurie, and I hit it off pretty quickly and we have remained friends ever since. Once Jenna was old enough she became Vienne's first young fun teenage babysitter and they grew very close. During the summers a few years ago, we would also pick Jenna up just to spend the day together. It was ALWAYS something that Vienne got excited about - spending an entire day with a fun and cool "big girl"!
I will never forget seeing Jenna at Vienne's Memorial Service - she couldn't even talk to me because she was so overtaken with tears and we just held each other. It touched this mama's broken heart so much.
It is such an incredible blessing to me that one of the little girls that I once taught is now old enough to help out with my own children. Now, Jenna is Ivy's babysitter and we just know that they will be fast friends too.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNA MAE!
I love you, Sweetheart. Thank you for loving my girls.
(this is the only pic I could find of myself and Jenna together - this was at my wedding almost 8 years ago. Obviously a candid shot. But, it was so special to me that Jenna and her mommy came to my wedding)
(These next few photos were taken on a summer day a few years ago. I picked Jenna up and took the girls to a park to play. Jenna and Vienne are "hiding" from me. hehe)
(follow her wherever she goes - I LOVE Vienne's stride in this pic!)
(playing with the volleyball)
(teaching Vienne her mad skills - look at Vienne's arms ready to bump the ball!)
(classic Vienne - one of my utmost favorite photos. Yes, I have a LOT of favorites.)
Today, we also remember and honor Megan's birthday. Megan is my stepsister who passed away 7 years ago on July 21, 2006, shortly after her 21st birthday. Today she would be 28.
I did not know Megan very well but her loss breaks my heart just the same.
Isn't it curious that Vienne was born on the first day of May and Megan was born on the last? Two girls in our family taken from us WAY too early. Megan and Vienne now dance in Heaven together.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEGAN
(isn't she beautiful?)
(my stepfather, Tom, just put out this book about his story and the miracles that God has brought about on his grief journey. Read it if you are interested! It is such an incredible story and I guarantee it will touch your heart. Megan's story is a very tragic one but it is amazing to see what God has done through it. Tom's faith, teachable heart, and forgiveness have been an inspiration to us.)