Sophia Rose : : One Year Old!

Sweet Sophia is the daughter of my good friends Elizabeth and George.  I have known them since I was in high school (they were not in high school, as they are much, much, much older than I am – hahah 😉 ), but as time went on, I got married, we ended up having kids the same age, and we are now in a family bible study/fellowship group together. They have always been so kind and generous to us.  I could tell you a ton of stories, but this one stands out most in my memory.

Memorial Day Weekend 2015 in Houston was one for the record books. Friday night it started to rain, something that is very normal for a late May night, but little did most people know this particular storm would wreck havoc across the city. If you don’t know, Houston is “famous” for their bayous, which are basically manmade concrete rivers that run throughout the city to provide drainage and prevent flooding in vulnerable parts of the city. George and Elizabeth live about 4 blocks from a major one: Braes Bayou.
On Friday night of Memorial Day Weekend, a small but heavy cell of rain parked itself over the Braes Bayou. Before anyone could believe it or evacuate, it overflowed.  By 2am, my friend’s house was flooded with 3 ft of bayou water. They were stuck, with her parents and their 9 month old daughter, in the house for hours waiting for the water to recede so someone could come rescue them. Practically everything they owned was destroyed. The icing on the cake is that they had just moved in and renovated the house less than a year before the storm. 80% of their stuff was brand-new (and not the cheap stuff either).
The point of this story is, would you believe after all that, when my husband and I spent just a couple of hours to help them organize and label all the destruction in their house,  THEY BOUGHT US GIFTS TO THANK US.
Seriously.
They lost their house, their clothes, their baby toys, BOTH their cars…. everything!

But they thought WE deserved presents.
right….

Really, they are the best, and Sophia Rose is the most precious baby {not so baby anymore!}  girl. Here are some of my favorite shots of her one year photo session and her first birthday party.

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