A Tribute to Julia

When our family moved to Grove City in the fall of 2014, our daughter Mila was only 2 years old. We enrolled her two days a week in our church preschool & daycare, and Julia was her first teacher for over a year. Mila absolutely loved spending the day with her, and I was always grateful to Julia for how well she cared for my little girl. Over the course of that year, we struck up a friendship. I was pregnant with Titus, and right after Titus was born, she found out she was pregnant with her first child, Darcie. She was so excited to become a mom. I watched her over the months as her anticipation grew, and then as Darcie was born, and she was blessed with a beautiful daughter that looked just like her.

A few months later, she trusted me with taking family portraits for them for the first time. Darcie loved playing in the leaves that day, and Julia just giggled on the ground with her baby girl.

Around this time last fall, Julia was excitedly expecting baby girl number two. She was now Titus teacher and I got to spend some time talking with her again as she was preparing for another little one. I cherish all of those little passing conversations that we got to celebrate pregnancy and motherhood together.

Then, tragically, this summer, a few weeks after her daughter Avery was born, Julia passed away leaving Jason behind with their two precious girls. A few weeks prior, she had messaged me to book fall portraits with their family again, and Jason decided to come and do them in her memory. (Thank you Kathy for helping me coordinate with them to make this happen.) While I can’t imagine how incredibly difficult this was for Jason to come, I do hope that they’ll cherish these portraits for a long time, helping them celebrate what an amazing person she was to them and to so many others.

You were so loved, Julia.

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