When I was 15 years old, I met Tess at her Halloween party. We spent the summers of high school taking turns living at each other's houses - no joke. We played tennis together, we made videos together, we sang too loudly in the car together, we stayed up late giggling over boys together...you get it. We were together.
Throughout my high school years I could come to her with what I think to be the worst thing EVER and I knew that in going to her, I would be safe and I would be met with such grace and such understanding. Without fail, every time I came to her and needed help - and I needed help a lot because I was the more rambunctious out of the two of us - I knew I would never be met with a smirk, or a judgement, or dismissal. This was so important to me because I think every girl needs another girl to encourage them and empower them and push them, especially in high school, and I think everyone deserves to have a friend that they can call their safe haven. And Tess is mine. I think that what I came to love about Tess as our friendship extended from high school to college is that her grace and understanding never left. In our early college years we didn’t see each other a lot because after high school we ran off in two different directions, but our friendship never faded and never dragged. I feel so lucky to call Tess and her family my closest friends. Without Tess and her family, I genuinely don’t think I would be who I am today.
Another trait that I admire about Tess - and this is where Tanner comes in - is her pure and profound love for Christ. I remember the first time I ever saw Tess as part of a worship team was on my birthday, when I sat front row at her church and, mesmerized, watched her lead all of these young people closer to Jesus. With Tanner in the picture I now have a front row seat to a relationship that is intentional, fruitful, full of service, and filled with that same grace that sparked my friendship with Tess almost 10 years ago.
And now to watch these two become parents? Well...I can't even tell you how much I cried. Tess called me one day and asked if I'd ever seen a birth. Yes. Next, she said "Okay sooo....can you take pictures at mine?"
Her due date came and went, but on July 12 at 4:00am, I got a phone call from Tanner. I excitedly packed a bag, grabbed my camera, and drove an hour to the hospital. I rushed into the hospital room as family arrived and began to fill up the waiting room outside. At around 10:30am, Tess began to push. Be sure to listen to the song below as you scroll!
It was about two hours later that a decision was made to prep for a c section. This was not in Tess' plan, and this was not what anyone had in mind, but I kept thinking back to my work as a wedding planner. Strange, I know, but what I learned as a wedding planner (and what I was told) is that there are no surprises for God. When you wake up on your wedding day to get married, whether rain or shine, obstacles or none, God knows this. He isn't surprised by how each day unfolds because in each day there is a purpose and a plan (even if it doesn't look like it). Similarly, God knew the plan for Jasper and his parents. And thanks to that God, Jasper Bryn Greeson was heard crying at 1:41pm on a Thursday I'll never forget.
July 12, 2018 | 1:41pm | 7 lbs 7oz
When you have two friends like Tess and Tanner, every day really does just get better. I thought their wedding day was the best, but boy, was I wrong. There is nothing like standing next to your best friend when she says forever to the love of her life, but there is truly nothing like watching that same best friend hold her first child. Just when you think you know love, something little comes along to remind you just how big it really is.