Virginia Family: The Tomlinson’s

Where to start…

  • Should I start at the beginning? When I met Anna & Chris in California right before their wedding and ended up having the pleasure of meeting both families, making new friends and snapping a few pictures?
  • Or should I start when Travis (my incredible husband) and Chris went to college together?

Ok, I will start with what I remember. I had only been in California for a short time and Anna was so welcoming. I was 7 months pregnant with our first child (who will be 5 next week) and Anna mentioned that a lot of fun pregnant couples would be at their wedding. She wanted us to come and meet people and have a good time. I will never forget her generosity. It meant so much to me! And it was such a gr8 night. All the preggo women bonded and tried not to eat all the food.

This is them on their wedding day and their ceremony was absolutely memorable and touching. I still get chills thinking about it. The words, the sweet looks, the flowers and them driving away on a motorcycle! I knew that these were my kind of people.

Anna and I have had some gr8 times together. When it was time to cut 12 inches off my hair, Anna was by my side. When, Kai had colic and I needed a friend to come make me laugh, Anna was by my side. She was there on Kai’s first birthday and was always an encouragement. Ok- I am getting mushy!

And, then when Chris wrote a fabulous book called Crave and I had the pleasure to spend the day at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with him taking pictures for the cover. We had a fabulous day of exploring the museum and getting to know each other better. This is just one of my favorites from that day.

*Just a note-Chris had a full time job and busy life at the time that he wrote the book, but Chris felt passionately about it and got it done. It is so fun to see how God uses him and how he let’s God use him. If you are looking for a very thoughtful book to read, I recommend his *

Then skip ahead a bit and I found out that Chris and Anna were leaving LA and headed to the east coast to so small town in Virginia. We said our goodbyes and I wished them all the best. (But I honestly didn’t know when and if I would have the pleasure to see them again.)

Then a few months before our move to Virginia, I posted a question on Facebook about Virginia. Chris responded and then after a few wall posts later- REALIZED that we would be living very close to each other. I was thrilled!! I really had missed them and LA wasn’t the same without them. Now, we live so close that we bump into each other at the grocery store, can have dinners at each others houses, and are involved with the same small group :) God is good! I am so blessed by these people!

Oh yeah! Days after we moved to VA they welcomed Miss Avery to their family and she is a SWEETHEART!! So cute! She is almost a year old now. Time goes by so fast! So, when Anna and Chris asked me to do Family pictures of them, I was super excited. It is such a blessing to have them back in my life.

We had a perfect fall day and it was fun to spend time with their adorable family. Even their dog is cute :) Here are a few favorites:

It is so amazing and look back at the beginning and then come to present day. Friendship is such a fun journey… You just never know what God is going to do next.

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