Y’all, I cannot express to you how much this woman right here means to my Wifelette and me. She is an amazing person that Taylor (Wifelette) spent most of her college days with at Baylor University. I didn’t have the joy of meeting her until a week after Taylor and I started dating, and she quickly became a great friend of mine too.
This past year, almost to the week of this photo shoot, Jessica found out that she had cancer. Having not even turned 30 yet, this was a much bigger surprise than most who are told they have cancer or a serious illness like that. Of course there were hard days but she held close to Christ and trusted that whatever the outcome, she was going to live to the fullest.
During this whole cancer fight she tried her hand at calligraphy, and absolutely crushed it! Now she creates calligraphy artwork (some that you’ll see in the photos below) and uses them as a ministry to encourage others who are going through trails. Some with cancer, some just in a rough time of life and in need of a beautiful piece of art reminding them that there is someone with them who is more powerful than ailment afflicting them, and someone able to do far more abundantly that they could hope or imagine.
It was such a joy to spend the afternoon with Jessica around Waco. We began on the Baylor University campus, then took a detour to Magnolia Silos because, well because it’s Magnolia and we are all obsessed! Unfortunately there were not any Joanna Gaines spottings. =| We then packed up and hit another beloved location for anyone with any history in Waco. Common Grounds. *insert heart emojis* You know I love coffee (like probably an unhealthy love for coffee and all things coffee related) and Common Grounds is one of my favorite coffee houses that I’ve visited. Believe me, the list is lengthy. …Ah yes, back to the photo session. We took advantage of all the unique seating CG has in their outdoor concert area. Lastly, we shared some celebratory and delicious ice cream next door at Heritage Creamery. Spoiler alert: Owned by the same couple that owns Common Grounds. So you know it’s good.
Ending the day with a killer sunset, this was an amazing day celebrating an amazing woman and a huge defeat of cancer. Let her be inspiration to you to live your life to the fullest and the encourage those around you, even if you don’t know they need it. Everyone needs encouragement.