Dear Ashley and Ryan,
The day you told John and I that you two would welcome a baby into the world is permanently etched into the back of my mind. It was a warm September Sunday. The summer was busy, and we hadn't seen each other as much as I would have liked. So when we were finally able to set up an outing to Norfolk Botanical Gardens, I was so excited to spend some time together in one of my most sacred places.
Ashley, you handed me an envelope as we sat in the back of John's car. A few thoughts crossed my mind. Could it be a belated anniversary card? Was there some sentimental occasion between the two of us that I had missed? And then I read the words "Aunt" and "Uncle". Honestly, I don't think I read a single other word. The genuine excitement I felt for both of you still makes me tear up to think about.
Norfolk Botanical Gardens is now even more sacred.
Fast forward to this gloomy day in December when we learned your love created a baby girl. The way you two came together after you saw that pink cloud of smoke; Tracy running across the lawn to hug Ashley; Jake lifting Ryan in the air-- the love was palpable.
Thank you for letting me be a part of this journey with you. I cannot wait to shower Baby Girl Gibbons with so much love.