Sheli and Julia, words cannot describe how much I admire these two and their courage and strength. They have had to face some difficult times and are closer because of it. Both of them have hearts of gold and the strength of a million men. I met Sheli through my sister Sarah who lives next door to them. Over the past few years they have become very close to our family. My niece Hallie even thinks Julia is her big sister. Getting to photograph them in their beautiful home was an honor and reminded me of how precious life is, how much I love my mother, and to remember to stay strong even through the tough times.