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I was one of the first people she told when she found out she was pregnant with their first child. I remember her enjoying every minute of her pregnancy, never having morning sickness and always having rosy cheeks and the glow that people talk about. It was a joy to watch her throughout both pregnancies.

When their first daughter was born, she was beautiful, with porcelain skin and big blue eyes. Over the last few years, I’ve watched her grow into the sweet-natured, smiling young girl who has the most exuberant laughter.

Then, almost two years ago came their sweet second daughter, with gorgeous red, curly hair and a fiery temper to match. She is so observant and I love watching her watch everything else in the world. It’s amazing to see her expressions when seeing new things.

It’s been a long, hard road for the entire family and we’ve had many conversations and shared tears over the battles that both girls have faced and are going to face throughout their lives. But I’ve always been in awe over how this couple always saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Instead of looking at what could be or what could happen, they embrace each challenge and have always had the best attitude about how they can help their girls now and what they can do to give their girls the best possible outcome and best future possible.

I’ve always been in awe over how this couple always saw the light at the end of the tunnel.

I see how many obstacles both girls have already overcome and I am reminded each day of how lucky I am to be a part of their lives. To watch them both grow stronger and get past each little (or big) hurdle is always a reason to celebrate.


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