Where do I even begin when describing Madelyn? She’s gorgeous, talented, hilarious, and one of the best singers I have ever heard. Madelyn is Trent’s cousin and as of June 30th she became my cousin as well. Madelyn was a bridesmaid in our wedding and she even sang during our ceremony. Her voice was flawless and she had all of our 200 guests mesmerized as she sang, “Amazing Grace.” I met Madelyn back in junior high (before I even knew my husband). Our older sisters were best friends and they always put us in awkward situations in hopes that we would become best friends. Our favorite memory is when our sisters put together a “sister night” filled with pizza and hot tubbin’. We attended different schools, we were a year apart, and we did not understand the fascination that our sisters had with us becoming friends. At the end of the evening we all got into the hot tub, but our sisters quickly hopped out and decided that we needed to stay in the hot tub alone until we became friends. We sat opposite from one another and for a painful thirty or so minutes we stared off into the distance in pure awkward silence. No sister of ours was going to force us to become friends. When they came back they were both annoyed that their mission was unsuccessful. Flash forward 10 years and we are now closer than ever. Just the other day we went out to dinner at 9:00pm and we didn’t leave the restaurant till almost midnight. Madelyn has became such a special friend in my life and I am thankful for all the awkward encounters we had to experience in order to realize that destiny was eventually going to bring us together as not only friends, but as family. Madelyn is now attending a performing school of fine arts and is aspiring to be a broadway star. She needed new head shots for her upcoming performances so we made sure to squeeze in a session before she had to head back to school. I know God has exciting plans for her and I am proud to say that she already claimed me as her personal photographer for when she becomes famous. What a dynamic duo we will make!