Happy Birthday Auntie- New Years Eve Celebration- Chapel Hill, North Carolina

This year has been a crazy one for most and for some it has been a scary one. My Aunt Pam was diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year. They found a mass behind her nose that was causing her to have issues with hearing, speaking, and eating. She would have scary nose bleeds that came out of nowhere and after one doctor told her there was nothing to worry about, she got a second opinion and they diagnosed her. 

As she told me all of this information, all I could think was, just listen and love. Our family is no where near traditional, but I have always been thankful for my mother, my grandmother and my aunt. All three emotional yet strong, helped me to become the woman that I am today. Without my aunt, who was always ready for a hug, a cuddle, and a kiss, I am not sure that I would have turned out as warm as I am. She is so accepting and so caring and well, those are the people who get cancer, right? That's how it feels sometimes. Those who don't deserve a bad thing in their lives are the ones who are constantly fighting for them. I told her that, I believed in her and her fight and spoke to her more in the last several months than I had last year. I needed to know that she was okay and that she was surviving, and although I could tell that she was hurting and scared more than she let anyone know, I listened to her smile through the phone. I wanted her to know that I was not scared and that I just felt in my soul that she would survive this.

One week before New Years, I got the best call ever... IT WAS ALL GONE! It caught me off guard a bit, because well I cried. It felt like I had been holding my breathe all of this time and now I (and my family) could finally breathe! My aunt would be here with us, as we all grew together. To celebrate, my grandmother planned a beautiful surprise birthday (her bday is Jan 2nd) party. She flew home from Denver, rented a GORGEOUS home in Chapel Hill on a lake and we spent New Years Eve, laughing, telling stories, and well... drinking champagne! Now, as the family photographer, I failed a bit. I missed the surprise and the countdown, but I did get a few things in between! So enjoy, the best family holiday we have had in awhile!

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These boys were getting hungry!

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I just love these two <3

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Time to gather together, share stories, eat, and sing happy birthday!

Gosh, I just love this woman!

Gosh, I just love this woman!

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Raleigh NC Portrait Photographer

My great Aunt Gwynn made my Auntie's favorite cake, German Chocolate! It looked DELICIOUS!

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Raleigh NC Portrait Photographer

And of course, proof that I was there! haha not the best angle, but selfies aren't easy with a DSLR and rather large lens! haha

Happy Birthday Auntie! We love you and are so pumped that you are here on this earth making it better, everyday!

Also, I highly suggest, if you are looking for a beautiful place to stay in Chapel Hill NC, take a look at David and Sherry Lindquist's home! They also run a B&B!

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