“One Joy scatters a hundred griefs.” – A Chinese Proverb
I’m not sure what birthday parties look like in heaven. I’m guessing they involve an unlimited supply of cupcakes, pink balloons, and lots of love and laughter. So, I’m sure little Joy was smiling down on her beautiful family as they celebrated her with all of those things on what would have been her ninth birthday.
What’s amazing to me is how many lives Joy has touched (if you don’t know Joy’s story you must go read it here). And it’s not the tragedy of her too short life that touches people. It’s the way her family chooses to remember her and celebrate that life. It’s inspiring and uplifting. It makes you a better person to know their Joy.
I’m lucky that this is the third year I’ve gotten to celebrate Joy’s birthday with the Carsons. It was a beautiful and unseasonably warm January day on the beach. This year was so much fun because this is the first time that Janey, who just turned 2, could walk and talk on our shoot. I love her little voice! It’s crazy to have first shot her when she was just a few weeks old and now she’s a full fledged toddler! And of course it was so much fun hanging out with Haley and Lulu. I love that I’m their Auntie Drew and they are as excited to see me as I am to see them!
I don’t know what I would do without the Carsons friendship and support. Julie always seems to know the exact right time to text me to check in or send a word of encouragement. She’s like the big sister I never had. Her support means the world to me and I’m so happy that Joy brought us together. Because I really do think it’s Joy that brought us together.
Happy birthday, Joy! Here’s your slideshow!