Today is Thursday (I think), so I'm linking up with Emily over at The Anderson Crew for
"Embrace the Camera."
So, here's the picture:
and here's the story:
This is not my daughter, though she is also an AJ and her mom is an AJ. (And she is very edibly cute!)
We met her mom and dad about a year and a half ago at the church we used to attend. The very day we met them, we invited them to go camping with us. That night. Crazy people that they were, they showed up. And brought Alaskan salmon. That they caught.
Needless to say, we bonded real quickly!
Though we changed churches a few months later, we kept our friendship going. We had something very close to our hearts in common. We AJs were both older than our husbands by a few years. (that's not it, though!)
We were on the same seemingly endless journey of desiring for a baby.
Well, you know the end of the story already, but the middle is where the prayers and tears and frustration and heartbreak-filled e-mails were. So, it was and is with much rejoicing that we celebrate this little beauty.
I want for our Ayla Jewel to always know her story, how precious and wanted she is. And part of her story is that we waited. And waited. And it wasn't easy, because waiting for good things rarely is. But we were not alone, as she will never be. So we cry with others in their seasons of "not" and we rejoice when their lights turn green.
And that is why, today, I'm embracing another AJ's AJ.
How about you? Want to join the Embracing party?
Here are the rules:
1. take a picture with you and your kids/spouse/family member/friend/whatever.
2. blog about that picture and include a link to our blog, or grab our button.
3. link your blog post up on mr. linky below.
4. visit the other embracers...give each other lots of compliments about how good we look with our greasy hair and
sweatpants velour jogging suits on. cause yah, we need a little boost when it's been days since our last shower.
5. have fun!