Congratulations to my brother Chris! I am so proud of his accomplishments. He is such a gem of guy and I’m thankful to call him my brother. Getting to see him graduate with his Masters was definitely an honor I will cherish forever. Little did I know, I was in for the speech of a lifetime when graduate Brian Giovanini took to the podium. (I get goosebumps just thinking about it!) Brian began his speech by informing the audience that he was born with cerebral palsy. You could’ve heard a pin drop right there and then. He spoke of the challenges he faced growing up, being raised by a single Mom in a trailer, and recalling how he had always wanted to just feel ‘normal’. With the help of a computer, he reminisced how he finally felt some normalcy when he was able to write his name legibly for the first time in his life. The simple act of being able to type out his name for others to see planted a seed in him that would later grow into a degree in field of computer science. As Brian’s speech continued, I smiled profusely while the tears streamed down my face uncontrollably. Struck by Brian’s powerful determination, I quickly realized he surpassed normal long ago; Brian was extraordinary! Now headed for his Masters degree, there’s no limit to what dreams Brian may fulfill. His powerful determination to succeed beyond the expectations of others inspired me then and probably will for the rest of my life. Brian, you have touched the lives of many. Thank you for being YOU, we know you will continue to do amazing things!
Brooke has been my bestie since highschool! Being the ‘new kid’ is never easy, especially as a freshman – but Brooke definitely made it easier for me. I’ve appreciated her love and support throughout all of these years and just couldn’t help but want to capture a little piece of what makes her so special. She is, by far, one of the most doting and loving aunts I’ve ever met. Her niece and nephew are so important to her and it shows. Same goes for her friendships. See the gifts on the table??? Those are for her friends – on HER BDAY! That’s just Brookie and only a few of the reasons she is the BEST. Happy Birthday Brookie! Love you gurrrrl 😉
Steven and I will never forget the day Nina and Geoff walked into our lives… it was a brisk winter’s day at the Washington County Bridal Fair. Little did we know, we weren’t just getting the honor of documenting this amazing couple’s wedding day, but many, many more of life’s milestones AND getting to share in their beautiful life. We are so thankful for the friendship that has blossomed over the years with this incredible family. Nina, you are one of my best friends and I am so grateful to have someone like you in my life. You are an amazing woman! We love you all so very much. Always, Sarah + Steven