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Creating family

I met Ariel at age 9 and today here she is with her family, four beautiful little girls who call me “tia”. Lily ran up to me giving me the biggest hug and said, “Tia! I missed you sooooo much!” I’m about to place a pony order for her.

I don’t regularly photograph young kiddos, but posting this is simply to share to my “little sis” from Big Brothers and Big Sisters, all grown up. Our relationship is evidence that the time you spend with anyone can continue to throughout your life, and friendship that’s like family, is such a beautiful gift. I wasn’t blessed with sisters, but thankfully God has placed so many incredible women in my life who I consider my family.

I half kid that because I met Ariel at such a young age, I already feel like I experienced a bit of the parenting (which is why I am passing on having our own)  – but let’s be honest I hardly parented Ariel. I was more of the fun big sis who mentored her, attempted to set an example, give wisdom, all that big sisterly stuff. What I’ve learned from our bond is that true friendship and unconditional love is proven over time, through ups and downs, through trials and triumphs and in the end, a good friend (and sister) is one that sticks by you through it all. Ariel has been a great little sister who has talked me through some difficult times and takes care of me as much as I take care of her – which I can only assume is what sisterhood is all about. ❤

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Amy Carney

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Amy and I became friends thanks to Twitter (it has been and still is one of my favorite ways to connect with people and make friends). She saw I was a Phoenix local and attending a blogging summit and reached out – see those hashtags come in handy! We realized we had more than the blogging in common – we are signed with the same local modeling agency, majored in Journalism, and followers of Christ, that’s just in addition to the conversations we have that suddenly make us stop dead, look at each other and say, “Me too!” in laughter. Sometimes I’m convinced we share the same brain.

Amy started her modeling career young (I think she resembles Elle Macpherson), she was with several agencies, one being Elite Miami and traveled a lot – spent some time in Spain eating lots of salmon (just ask her, it’s pretty funny). Though her modeling, she met her husband, a NHL hockey player at the time. They have four kids, and just recently adopted Nix from the foster system, and a few years ago, traveled for six months in an RV with the family of 6 across the country – but I’ll let her share the rest of her story and journey with you on her blog, here.

Amy’s blog focuses on intentional living – raising kids to be great adults with no regrets. Her style is in such a way that creates independent, responsible, loving kids that love God. I hope some of you follow her blog and connect with her!

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