A couple days ago, we were at our friend Emily's birthday part when she started asking about plans for Lily's birthday (so sweet).
Emily told me she's praying for me and then she told my brother Joseph she's praying for him as well, calling him "uncle."
The missing that other family members besides the parents experience is mostly not even considered or acknowledged. But it is so important and real. What a good friend to see this. And melted my heart to hear him called the title that Lily gave him, the title he rarely hears spoken.
This photo is of Uncle Joseph at Lily's burial service. ❤️