That’s the sweet quirky nickname that my children created for their new aunt, Valerie. Vallerina.

I could not be happier to gain as a new sister this amazing lovely (inside and out) gal!!! And what was so special was the front row seat that I had while she and Josh fell in love and then as they prepared for this new life they have together.

They asked Zoe to be one of the flower girls in their wedding and of course Zoe was more than delighted!!! 🙂

 The incredible Kristin Shyla was their photographer and Stefanie Miles of Lavender Joy was the miracle woman behind the scenes that day.  I got to tag along with my camera too after I did Val and a few bridesmaid’s hair and makeup.  October 1st 2011. What a beautiful day it was. Sunshine was abundant and the peace that both Josh and Val had that day was apparent to all.

Zoe did great walking down the isle and both she and jack owned the dance floor most of the night. (confession: I can’t wait until they are all old enough to teach them classic wedding dances like the electric slide, the cupid shuffle, and of course the YMCA!!, talk about stealing the show!!!)

Valerie, you are amazing and I’m so glad that God led Josh to you. I’m excited that for years and years you will get to be at birthday parties, weddings, births, holidays, you name it… I’m so glad you’ll be there as a Nichols family member. I love the way you and Josh love my family and especially the way you love on my children.

welcome to the family.

I'm so blessed to call these women my Sisters




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