Jamie is my one and only sibling. We are one year and two weeks apart (mom you are a saint!) so we spent most of our school time together. I wouldn’t’ say we wore matching t-shirts, held hands and skipped through rainbows all those years in school, but for the most part through thick and thin we stuck together, bitterly loyal at times. Our lockers were next to each other, our homeroom was the same, we even had some classes together. I also like to blame him for leaving his butt in the womb so when it was my turn to grow not only did I get my own derriere, I get to carry around his for the rest of my life. So not cool. We have always been together. Together, together, together….sensing a theme yet?
I went off to college right out of high school. You know what? I missed having my brother. I was really glad when he decided to come down to Virginia the next semester and attend the same college as me so we could be together again.
I stuck with him through his bleaching his hair white phase, when he was a lead singer in a band, when he went gallivanting off to different countries, through the bad times and through the triumphant times. I have seen some of Jamie’s worst moments and I have had the privilege to see some of his best. I have seen him become a husband and a father. I have seen him in prosperous times and in deep seasons of need. A man who loves the Lord with his whole heart and wants others to know Jesus’s undying love. He is an ordained minister now preaching in a local jail, he also goes to either Kenya or Nepal yearly to share the love of Jesus. He has grown into a man I admire and am proud of. I truly love my brother.
You just have to know Jamie in person. He’s larger than life. He is covered in tattoo’s, has the sense of humor of a 13 year old, is a consummate salesmen- he can totally sell a ketchup Popsicle to a woman in white gloves, never stops talking, has the most amazing array of voices and imitations. You can’t help but laugh when you are with him (both at and with him!) and be totally enraptured in his story telling. He is also a man who isn’t afraid to shed a tear when talking about people he has met in some of the countries he has traveled to. It is really quite something to see him go from telling a hilarious tale about pooping his brains out because of drinking bad water to crying about underage children forced to work in brick factories. My children LOVE Uncle Jamie. He has a very special way with little ones.
A couple Christmas’s back we gave a “gift certificate” for a free session to Jamie and Paula. Seeing as they have been busy starting a family the last few years they wanted to wait a little bit. We were really excited when the timing of everything came together so they could finally cash in their gift. We were all visiting our parents in Richmond over Labor Day so we left all our chitlins with the grandparents and headed into Carytown in downtown Richmond for a sassy molassy time! Jamie and Paula TURNED IT OUT…hot, hot, hot. Way to represent family! I am very proud of these photos and I am so glad they took the time to do this session so they have some great memories at this point in their marriage and family.
We love you Jamie and Paula. Thanks for the awesome night hanging out together!
We then moved the party over to Maymont Park and took down the sass a bit for a more relaxed session.
Jamie trying to talk Paula into jumping into his arms.