Bryan, Ashley, Noah, and Gavin were our neighbors in Birmingham, and Ashley and I went through our first two pregnancies at the same time (delivering Pace one month before Noah, and Mary Aplin 2 1/2 months before Gavin). Any woman who has gone through a pregnancy knows what a bonding experience this can be (especially when you add that our other dear friend/neighbor Lauren was also pregnant with Natalie and Georgia at these same times…there was something in the water over there :)). We wrestled through the confusions of motherhood together and started our sweet book club (or “literary society” as we liked to call it :)) in the midst of all. All those times wear a rosey hue for me–such growth and change and happiness–all shared together.
Recently, Ashley and I have shared a third expectancy, but this time in a new way. While I’ve been going through the rigors of the first trimester, she has been going through the end pains of a long adoption process. This past week, our family had the honor of first welcoming Bryan and the boys back from China, and then, a few days later, Ashley and their new little girl–Finley.
Thank you Bryan, Ashley, Noah, Gavin, and Finley, for being such special friends in our life and for letting us be a small part of this monumental event.
P.S. Bryan is a photographer–like an amazing one. Remember the last time we were home, I told you he took some pictures of the girls? I never showed you the end results that came in the mail…here’s a peek.