I've known Julie and David Washington for years and years. So many of my memories of youth retreats, mission trips, Sunday mornings, and small groups feature the Washingtons. Julie is one of the women who showed me what it's really like to love, know, and follow Christ. I wouldn't be who I am today without her role in my life. When ACF, the church my parents founded and still lead, was portable, my cousin Megan and I would harass Julie to no end. It's a wonder she didn't quit her job as Children's Pastor, because every Sunday we'd hide in the rolling crates and make setting up impossible. Back then I thought we were cute and funny, but having experienced the whole portable church thing for 3 years myself, I now know that Sunday morning during set up is probably the least desirable time to prank a pastor. Sorry, Jules. I knew not what I did.
Growing up I got to watch Julie's fresh-out-of-college life unfold. Her story portrays God's faithfulness. So many answered prayers and dreams. I'm grateful for the way she has been open with her story because it makes me want to have greater faith and be open to encourage other people too.
So this is Harper Jane Washington, another beautiful abundance and answered prayer. She's 6 months and I'm pretty sure she's made of sugar and butterflies and sunflowers. Getting to photograph her brought me so much joy and I'll bet one look in those amazing blue eyes will bring you joy too!