Sitting at dinner, Missy says to me "Can you believe it's been 2 years since I told you I was pregnant?" The question stopped me for a moment....No, I couldn't.

I remember the day vividly. Missy and I went out to dinner, a girls night out, at one of our favorite restaurants, The Melting Pot (melted cheese...YES PLEASE!). For whatever reason, she seemed nervous to tell me. Maybe because, if it was said out loud, it made it more...REAL. Missy reminded me of my answer..."Is this a good thing or a not so good thing?" I'm blunt and sometimes don't soften my questions or responses. They roll from my brain and off my tongue. She knows this of me, and chucked, "It's a good thing" she responded.

2 years later, I'm laying, belly down on the dirt, making funny sounds and faces trying to get a strong willed 1 year old to smile and laugh when she, clearly, wasn't having it. Chloe is my spirt child. I know I've said this before, but even more than my own kids, the spunk this baby has reminds me of ME! The face of a china doll with the spunk of her Auntie Kari, this little girl will move mountains!!

While editing these pictures, a small knot developed in my throat, and my eyes started to water, looking at the pictures of Missy with her little girl. It's so amazing to see your Best Friend with her child - seeing their relationship, their bond. It is a beautiful thing. Missy was one of my first photography subjects during my first photo class in college. One of the pictures I took of her for an assignment was titled "Looking for Love". She's finally found it. <3

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