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Friends Across the Years


These two have a special place in my heart. Caleb and I were in the same kindergarten class. Jenni and I have been friends since my first year of high school. I have had the best seat in the house watching their love story blossom and grow over the years, even if I was totally the awesome third wheel for a portion of that. In short, they are both very, very dear to me.

We’ve been through many seasons. High school. Heartaches. Dating. Marriage. Our twenties and all the changes that came with them. When I was expecting my oldest, they spent Mother’s Day with us at Green Lake and brought me this big cookie to celebrate my journey into motherhood. Never has my hair been so short or so red as in this photo from 2006. Wow.


The message on that cookie meant a lot to me. Even though life has been busy and everything about our lives has changed drastically as we’ve added one child after another to our family, they have cheered us on, encouraged us, and somehow we’ve stayed friends across the years and the many life adventures that have come.


Well now these two are on the precipice of a new journey of their own. They are expecting twin boys later this summer. It’s a beautiful thing to see, and yet, it has already proved to be an unexpected and somewhat frightful experience for them thus far. Out of respect for their privacy I won’t share the details, but I did want to ask for your prayers on their behalf. Their babes are at risk for a very early delivery, and the pregnancy has been emotionally and physically tough for them already.  I want to soothe and reassure that everything will be ok, but the truth is, I don’t know what will happen.

What I do know is that God strengthens the weak. He hears the prayers of those who call out to Him. He loves. He restores. He is able to step in when everything seems impossible and the worst things hang in our minds and squeeze the back of our throats. I know that love covers and hopes and protects. And I see how God has put these two people together so they could know His love with skin on through each other…and now I ask with my whole heart for God to hear their prayers…my prayers…for healthy boys, delivered safely at the right time (which is not now at 25 weeks), a healthy mama, and a strong and steady papa.  Please, Lord, come and help. Knit this family close while You grow these special boys strong and healthy for their entrance into the world.

I captured these photos of Caleb & Jenni in 2006 at Alki Beach (not that you can see the scenery), not long after my husband bought me my first camera…right about the time photography started taking over my life (in the best way). Caleb & Jenni – We send our love and many prayers. Here for you always.



3 Comments Friends Across the Years

  1. Sarah A.

    Praying for Caleb and Jenni and their sweet boys! Beautiful tribute to them and their friendship. Also love the pic of you with short red hair, such a sweet momma-to-be!

  2. Alisha

    It’s so funny to see how life turns out. I never heard if they stayed together or not. So glad they did. It was unexpected to see them together after high school, which I’m sure my relationship with Branden was also, but so sweet to see it flourish. And I remember that red hair but never seen it so short before! Awwww the memories before life became so complicated. Haha. I also was celebrating mom-to-be that same Mother’s Day. What a cute gesture from them to give you. 🙂 So excited to hear their amazing news.

    Jenni and Caleb– God has a purpose and plan and ALL things work together for His glory. There is no fear in The Lord- I pray for strength and endurance. Your faith will keep you strong- I pray for all doubts and disbeliefs to flee in the name of Jesus. Find joy in every moment, whether it be good or scary. Those babies are knit in His hands and will be created exactly the way He wants them to be. Many blessings for your family. 🙂

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