Jonny celebrated a decade of being 27 years old last weekend. To help keep himself feeling youthful, he shared the party with the son of our friends Eric and Sarah, whose birthday is the day after his. It was a lovely party full of children, and a wonderful reminder of how much we love and value our friends.
It was a beautiful night, though bittersweet. Sarah’s absence was keenly felt, no doubt by her family most of all.
We march forward, as we must, but we miss her so much. I know she wants us to continue to celebrate this life, to laugh, even when we fear that the tears will come and drown us.
Hug your friends. Tell them that you love and appreciate their presence in your lives. Friendship is one of our greatest gifts.
And of course, Happy Birthday, Jonny! You keep me smiling; you always have.
Photos by both Lori Elizabeth Photography, and me.