First, I have to say… I have so much love for both of these girls!! Lexi (white dress) is my sister-in-law and asked me to take her senior graduation photos after 4 years of college at Grand Canyon University… Of course I said I would, and then it got even more fun when her best friend Kayla (black dress) wanted to get senior photos done as well! They did their session together, and I think I might just recommend all seniors bring their bestie along!! We literally had so much fun!
Obviously with Lexi being my sister-in-law, that means I am married to her brother…which means we go wayyyyy back! It was 2010 when I was a junior and Lexi was a 7th grader at our small private school in Kansas City. Since all grades were combined in one building, we’d see each other often in between classes and also at church too. After Lexi moved to Arizona her 8th grade year, we would Facetime and talk long distance! Then I moved to Arizona and a couple years later, she was a bridesmaid in my wedding! Sometimes I still picture her as that 7th grade girl instead of the college graduate she is now! Time really does go fast! But, one thing that hasn’t changed is her strong pursuit of the Lord, her sensitive spirit, and her natural leadership abilities. She is not afraid to speak her mind, she is confident, and she is kind!
And then KAYLA! I first met Kayla through church… she entered our youth ministry with a gentle and quiet nature, and I have had the privilege of watching her go through different stages and milestones of the teenage life! She is so loyal and has such a calming spirit about her! She is so so sweet, super organized, and has always been so mature for her age. Kayla is wise and steadfast in the Lord!
Both of these girls imagined their college graduation to be much different. They had plans of a finishing strong with their peers by their side, a big ceremony, and celebratory dinners with family and friends. All that has changed to virtual classes, no formal ceremony, and postponed celebrations. I know all seniors are feeling the effects of this pandemic, but I am so glad they got all dressed up, put on their cap & gown, and documented this special season. It is one to remember for lots of reasons!