Precious child photo shoot

I received a message from my neighbor Rachael last week asking if I would photograph her daughter for her 3rd birthday. I've told you that photographing children always makes me a little nervous but I knew I wouldn't be nervous with this little girl.

First of all, she feels like family to me. When I moved to my house 20 years ago, my neighbors across the street were an older couple, Mr. and Mrs. Allen. Mr. Allen was always outside his garage, working on something. He was so friendly, had a huge smile and ready to help if asked. I didn't get to know Mrs. Allen at first, she was inside most of the time, but everyone in the neighborhood loved Mr. Allen. And then suddenly, Mr. Allen became sick and unexpectedly died. We were all so sad. After the funeral, I went across the street to take food to Mrs. Allen. She invited me in and I realized for the first time that she was one of the sweetest women I had ever met. She and I became fast friends and I looked forward to our visits. I always made sure that I had at least an hour of free time when I visited her because she was so interesting to listen to. Everytime I visited her, she gave me a chapter of her life. I loved listening to her stories of the "old days". Her favorite stories however were of her son and two grandsons. She would light up when she spoke of her son. She admitted they spoiled him but said "that's what you have them for - to spoil them." I loved Ms. Allen. Over the years, she too became ill and eventually passed away. I miss her to this day.

After she passed away, we wondered what would happen to their house. We were thrilled that her grandson BJ moved in. I immediately introduced myself to BJ and told him that I loved his grandparents and Timmy and I would always be here if he needed us. BJ was young and full of life. He frequently had bar-b-ques and shrimp boils for his friends. We got to know many of his friends and they were all great young guys as well.

Then BJ met Rachael. What a small world. Ok - follow this - Rachael is the granddaughter of my cousin's husband Rudy.