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My identical twin nieces. Bella was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 2 & when she eventually lost her hair, Yasmeen was always there to remind her how beautif...
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My identical twin nieces. Bella was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 2 & when she eventually lost her hair, Yasmeen was always there to remind her how beautiful she still was. They will be 7 on November 5th & Bella has been cancer free for almost 2 years now!!! :-)

* updated for 2023: Bella is still cancer free (gets checked every year) and the girls will be 17!!! This November ❤️ thanks for all the love.
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131 Comments |
davbro
 
davbro October 05, 2012
Great news for Bella. What a beautiful photograph. I love the warm embracing hug and the different emotions captured here.
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TexasStarlet October 05, 2012
Thank you! It is definitely great! Once she hits 5 years of remission she will be officially Cancer free :-)
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TexasStarlet October 05, 2012
And thank you for the recognition!!
rmr731 Platinum
 
rmr731 October 05, 2012
Absolutely beautiful!
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TexasStarlet October 05, 2012
:-). Thank you so much! & thank you for taking the time to comment!
steo PRO+
 
steo October 05, 2012
great shot
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TexasStarlet October 05, 2012
Thank you!! :-) appreciate the recognition, too!
Strahammer
 
Strahammer October 05, 2012
I love both the photo and the story behind it. I have a family member, just under 2 years, battling brain tumors (and winning). Your story is inspiring.
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TexasStarlet October 05, 2012
Thank you- it is really tough to see anyone go through cancer, but with children it just guts you. I'm glad your little family member is winning the fight!! I will be sure to add him/her to my thoughts & prayers :-)
carol_bradshaw_4069
 
carol_bradshaw_4069 October 05, 2012
Wonderful photo ! Very touching:) Voted
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TexasStarlet October 05, 2012
Thank you so much!! :-)
melapeld
 
melapeld October 06, 2012
Amazing photo!
TexasStarlet PRO
TexasStarlet October 06, 2012
Thank you! :-)
Khrich409
 
Khrich409 October 07, 2012
A beautiful photo in every respect. Bless your adorable nieces!
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TexasStarlet October 07, 2012
Thank you! :-D
julieklene
 
julieklene October 07, 2012
what a beautiful picture! and tale! wish them well
TexasStarlet PRO
TexasStarlet October 07, 2012
Thank you so much!! :-)
travelnut
 
travelnut October 07, 2012
Heartwarming and touching..picture reflects that so well. Voted and everyone keep healthy!
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TexasStarlet October 07, 2012
Thank you, that means a lot to me :-)
PSJPhotography
 
PSJPhotography October 07, 2012
Voted for this wonderful picture.
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TexasStarlet October 07, 2012
Thank you so much!! :-)
WolfEyesPhotography
 
WolfEyesPhotography October 07, 2012
Very heartwarming and beautiful girls...
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TexasStarlet October 07, 2012
Thank you so much :-)
robyn_king_52
 
robyn_king_52 October 08, 2012
beautiful,absolutely beautiful the composition is nice, the black and white works well, and the emotions witin each of the little girls faces tell the story:) Awesome job! Robyn
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TexasStarlet October 08, 2012
Thank you! I love them so much!! Thank you for your kind words & for the recognition :-)
Rivkawarrior
 
Rivkawarrior October 08, 2012
so precious
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TexasStarlet October 08, 2012
Thank you!! I agree ♥
adoptedone
 
adoptedone October 09, 2012
Great photo. (Love the title too!)
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TexasStarlet October 09, 2012
:-D thank you!!!
peggy69
 
peggy69 October 12, 2012
Lovely photo and story! So happy for your family!
TexasStarlet PRO
TexasStarlet October 12, 2012
Aww, thank you!! :-D
jonieb
 
jonieb October 12, 2012
Love it.. Blessings!!
TexasStarlet PRO
TexasStarlet October 12, 2012
Thank you!! :-)
tink17
 
tink17 October 14, 2012
Wonderful photo! How sweet (:
TexasStarlet PRO
TexasStarlet October 14, 2012
Thank you!! :-D
MariposaRosa
 
MariposaRosa October 18, 2012
Powerful! Great story and awesome capture through photography of their love and committment to one another!
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TexasStarlet October 18, 2012
:-D Thank you!
melapeld
 
melapeld October 18, 2012
Still love this - voted!
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TexasStarlet October 18, 2012
Yay! Thanks :-)
elborjia
 
elborjia October 18, 2012
Good photo and impressive story, it makes photo worth twice
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TexasStarlet October 19, 2012
Aww, thanks :-).
anitahogganbrown
 
anitahogganbrown October 18, 2012
beautiful pictures of friends.
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TexasStarlet October 19, 2012
Thank you! They are actually identical twins, too :-)
DearTam
 
DearTam October 27, 2012
Beautiful photo! What a special love these two have!
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TexasStarlet October 28, 2012
Thank you :-D. !!
billy1968
 
billy1968 October 28, 2012
speechless. it just beautiful.
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TexasStarlet October 29, 2012
Thank you :-)
WeeZie Platinum
 
WeeZie November 09, 2012
What a wonderful photo, so precious.
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TexasStarlet November 11, 2012
Thank you :-)
DustinsMom
 
DustinsMom November 09, 2012
How incredibly amazing. So happy for the good news.
TexasStarlet PRO
TexasStarlet November 11, 2012
Thank you! :-)
brodia65
 
brodia65 November 11, 2012
Beautiful photo, beautiful girls, very heartwarming. Thank you for sharing:)
TexasStarlet PRO
TexasStarlet November 11, 2012
Thank you so much :-)
melapeld
 
melapeld November 12, 2012
How I remember this shot, great to see it again. Voted.
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TexasStarlet November 12, 2012
Thanks so much for voting!! You saw it in the B&W emotions contest, too?
carlaculpepperhoward
 
carlaculpepperhoward November 13, 2012
Beautiful...voted :)
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TexasStarlet November 13, 2012
Thank you!!! :-)
chachakp
 
chachakp November 19, 2012
Wow, how moving. I'm an identical twin so this touches my heart more than you know. Absolutely amazing, there's nothing like having an identical twin. Great shot!
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TexasStarlet December 12, 2012
Wow, how awesome! Thank you for sharing- it's so cool you can relate to that kind of bond :'-)
dwbluraven
 
dwbluraven November 21, 2012
so sweet! Congrats!
TexasStarlet PRO
TexasStarlet December 12, 2012
Thank you!! We feel very blessed!
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo December 12, 2012
Best shot on VB! Great news!
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TexasStarlet December 12, 2012
How sweet! Thank you so much!! :-D
ArtQ
 
ArtQ December 15, 2012
very nice capture
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TexasStarlet December 15, 2012
Thank you :)
tracywooten
 
tracywooten December 15, 2012
immediate emotional reaction from this photo. wonderful.
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TexasStarlet December 15, 2012
:-). Thank you for the compliment!
nessarose
 
nessarose December 15, 2012
Beautiful photo
TexasStarlet PRO
TexasStarlet March 22, 2013
Thank you :-)
Mar
 
Mar December 15, 2012
Very moving shot. good luck
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TexasStarlet March 22, 2013
Thank you so much :)
ziggysofi Platinum
 
ziggysofi December 16, 2012
So beautiful! Great shot.
TexasStarlet PRO
TexasStarlet March 22, 2013
Thank you!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots December 16, 2012
Awesome portrait of sisterly love and perseverance. God Bless.
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TexasStarlet March 22, 2013
Thank you- it moves me every time :-)
nerophoto
 
nerophoto December 16, 2012
This is an amazingly heartfelt photo!!!! I am so glad to hear that she is cancer free....beautiful capture!!! Best of luck to that sweet angel!!!
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TexasStarlet March 22, 2013
Thank you so much for your beautiful words!! :-)
choihaeboa
 
choihaeboa December 17, 2012
love this....... voted
behrooz
 
behrooz December 17, 2012
Has an interesting sense of
wkrt83 Ultimate
 
wkrt83 December 17, 2012
lovely photo with a lot of impact
deniselabrecque
 
deniselabrecque December 17, 2012
Voted!
Hotlilmamax6
 
Hotlilmamax6 December 17, 2012
i love this picture
KelseyMayMay
 
KelseyMayMay December 18, 2012
This picture just gave me goose bumps. It's so adorable! I'm so glad she is now cancer free.:) Great photo!
Photopaul PRO+
 
Photopaul December 18, 2012
Sweet and powerful. Voted!!
mikewalton
 
mikewalton December 18, 2012
Wonderful capture. You can really feel the love and support!
clarissapeterson
 
clarissapeterson December 18, 2012
This is the most touching photo i have seen a very long time! God Bless you sweetheart.
Fotogirl13
 
Fotogirl13 December 19, 2012
wow amazing your picture really tells a story!
korinna
 
korinna December 19, 2012
Voted! If you like any of mine, pls vote for it:
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trista7510 Ultimate
 
trista7510 December 19, 2012
Great photo, very tender and loving moment. Great in Black and white. Congratulations for Bella and you and your family on her being free of cancer and for fighting so hard. It effects the whole family. I pray continued health for you all. I bet there is a greater bond between the twins, they are both so lovely, and look like they have great spirits.
rmr731 Platinum
 
rmr731 January 09, 2013
Congratulations! This photo is priceless and so pulls at the heartstrings! I am so happy she has been cancer free for a year now! I wanna hug them both!
mailsmc
 
mailsmc January 09, 2013
Great shot, congrats on your award! Congrats on Bella's continued good health!
Serendipity1
 
Serendipity1 January 09, 2013
Congrats!
TexasStarlet PRO
 
TexasStarlet January 09, 2013
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!! :-D
carolcardillo PRO+
 
carolcardillo January 09, 2013
I'll say it again - Best shot on VB! Congratulations on People's Choice! Yay!
Thimbee
 
Thimbee January 09, 2013
Aww-glad the little girls are doing well today. Congrats on a fine image.
foto3la11
 
foto3la11 January 09, 2013
Great story, great capture. Congratulations.
foto3la11
 
foto3la11 January 09, 2013
Great story, great capture. Congratulations.
Wayne_Sr PRO+
 
Wayne_Sr January 09, 2013
Congratulations on your win, Well deserved...:~)
ericrincones
 
ericrincones January 09, 2013
Awesome!
ashley_christine
 
ashley_christine January 09, 2013
this is the most beautiful image ive seen yet, they are both so beautiful and so lucky to have each other. congrats and so happy for you and your family today :)
anneschlueter PRO+
 
anneschlueter January 09, 2013
Congratulations on a beautiful photo and well deserved award, very happy for the good news too!
nitti
 
nitti January 09, 2013
Cute one!!
Suzie1
 
Suzie1 January 09, 2013
Such wonderful news and a Beautiful Image....
MarianneAlyce
 
MarianneAlyce January 09, 2013
beautiful! god bless them!
inge_vautrin Platinum
 
inge_vautrin January 09, 2013
What a wonderful photo and story. The girls are beautiful!!! Congratulations!!
tsambaproductions
 
tsambaproductions January 09, 2013
congrats
Jeanne713
 
Jeanne713 January 09, 2013
A beautiful and touching photo. Congrats!! I will keep your niece in my prayers.
Amiqdadi
 
Amiqdadi January 09, 2013
congrats....awesome shot
jrmartos
 
jrmartos January 09, 2013
Wonderful photo! Touching story, I'm so glad she won to the disease. Congrats!
angelkoger_87
 
angelkoger_87 January 10, 2013
Absolutely beautiful. So precious. Adding it to my favorites.
Anoud
 
Anoud January 10, 2013
Amazing Photo, Very touching.. I just love it so much! Congrats.
safirahishami
 
safirahishami January 10, 2013
wonderful shot. congrats for Bella and congrats for your photo :)
TraceElementsPhotography
 
TraceElementsPhotography January 10, 2013
Very moving! :) congrats on both the photo award and your niece being cancer free!
GordonD
 
GordonD January 10, 2013
Congrarulations to you all and I wish Bella and Yasmeen a very long and happy future. xx
What a powerful image you must be very proud!!
TammyMarie
 
TammyMarie January 10, 2013
Congratulations on Everything!!!
Carli
 
Carli January 10, 2013
awwww beautiful portrait, congrats! :D
Subott
 
Subott January 10, 2013
Heartwarming capture! Congratulations :)
Dawnroc51
 
Dawnroc51 January 10, 2013
Congratulations, beautiful capture : )
Glory_O
 
Glory_O January 10, 2013
Beautiful! Nothing like having someone by your side when u need it most!
DianeCArtography
 
DianeCArtography January 10, 2013
Awesome capture with happy news! Congratulations!
Antonia
 
Antonia January 10, 2013
Absolutely PRECIOUS!! God Bless!!
jpblitz
 
jpblitz January 10, 2013
What a beautiful photo your family will have forever. When they grow up and begin arguing over petty stuff this will be a great reminder of what really matters. I'm glad you shared with all of us that Bella is doing well and hope both daughters continue to do so. Congrats on the award!
GeraldineLefoe
 
GeraldineLefoe January 10, 2013
This one brought tears to my eyes, two very gorgeous little girls and so pleased about the remission.
kayacloud
 
kayacloud January 11, 2013
very touching photo...great job...Prayers for Bella and Yasmeen
Reen
 
Reen January 11, 2013
Beautiful portrait, girls, and story!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 January 11, 2013
Beautiful photo, with a lovely caress for a twin sister, congrats
kari357
 
kari357 January 12, 2013
great news! captured such a sweet moment....congrats
debcoimages
 
debcoimages January 12, 2013
A beautiful heart warming photo of them. Glad all is well and congrats on a lovely image, love the b+w choice too
donnachica
 
donnachica January 12, 2013
TWO PRETTY LITTLE GIRLS AND A HEART WARMING STORY! GREAT!
HelenRea
 
HelenRea January 12, 2013
Two little sweeties...and wonderful outcome! :)))
samaryaseenbader
 
samaryaseenbader January 13, 2013
very nice .....
sundeepzutshi
 
sundeepzutshi January 13, 2013
This is my first comment on any photograph since I have become the memmber a year back. I could not resist to complement you that you have been blessed with beautiful daughters.God bless them both.Good luck.
luvmtnlife PRO+
 
luvmtnlife January 13, 2013
Breathtaking! Congratulations!
SFalagario_photos
 
SFalagario_photos January 13, 2013
This image really spoke to me on an emotional level. The title speaks for itself. Absolutely beautiful shot. Congratulations!
kputinta
 
kputinta January 13, 2013
Beautiful on so many levels.
kristilynk
 
kristilynk January 13, 2013
Oh my sweetness! This capture is so touching!
nancybrown
 
nancybrown January 14, 2013
They chose well. This is a very inspiring image
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TexasStarlet March 21, 2013
Thanks!! I'm glad you think so :-)
Stacy-Ann
 
Stacy-Ann January 14, 2013
beautiful picture :)
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TexasStarlet March 21, 2013
Thank you :0)
redwriter Platinum
 
redwriter January 14, 2013
Beautiful work. Congrats on your award. - Jake
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TexasStarlet March 21, 2013
Thank you so much!
carlaculpepperhoward
 
carlaculpepperhoward January 15, 2013
Congratulations!!! Well deserved!
TexasStarlet PRO
TexasStarlet March 21, 2013
Thank you!!
View1925
 
View1925 January 16, 2013
So incredibly precious and powerful - you must be very proud - deb
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TexasStarlet March 21, 2013
I definitely am- thank you so much!
hazelpursey
 
hazelpursey January 23, 2013
This picture just gave me shivers all over, a very beautiful and heart warming shot :)
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TexasStarlet March 21, 2013
Thank you for the kind words :-)
ljh5789
 
ljh5789 February 25, 2013
Such a beautiful photo. This is one to look back on once the girls are adults. Congrats on Bella being cancer free.
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TexasStarlet March 21, 2013
:-)
emmahall
 
emmahall March 17, 2013
Lovely Shot and wonderful story xx
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TexasStarlet March 21, 2013
Thank you :-)
ProudMilitaryMom
 
ProudMilitaryMom March 21, 2013
Awesome News! Beautiful girls! voted
TexasStarlet PRO
TexasStarlet March 21, 2013
Thank you!
Britpac
 
Britpac March 21, 2013
Beautifully taken photograph, and beautiful subject matter. Stunning !
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TexasStarlet July 15, 2013
Thank you :)
ritaadams
 
ritaadams March 24, 2013
beautifully emotional !
TexasStarlet PRO
TexasStarlet July 15, 2013
Thank you so much :)
pegnichols
 
pegnichols March 31, 2013
voted
So touching, it's telling a beautiful story.
mailsmc
 
mailsmc March 31, 2013
Great shot! Voted
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TexasStarlet July 15, 2013
Thank you for the compliment & the vote :)
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korinna April 01, 2013
Voted! If u like any of mine,pls vote for it:
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TexasStarlet July 15, 2013
Thank you :)
editharteaga
 
editharteaga April 01, 2013
The picture says it all. True love
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TexasStarlet July 15, 2013
Thank you- I was & am blessed to see it all the time :)
stephy
 
stephy April 09, 2013
Love the b/w wonderful shot well done..:)
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TexasStarlet July 15, 2013
Thank you so much :-)
NJR3
 
NJR3 April 23, 2013
That's a lovely photo :-)
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TexasStarlet July 15, 2013
Thank you so much!
khalidahmed
 
khalidahmed July 16, 2013
Superb,charming,heart warming.
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TexasStarlet July 17, 2013
Thank you :)
princessdi6305
 
princessdi6305 July 17, 2013
Beautiful story and capture!!
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TexasStarlet July 17, 2013
Thank you so much :)
danikelii
 
danikelii July 19, 2013
Congratulations on winning the fight against cancer-and kudos for such a beautiful capture!
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TexasStarlet August 01, 2013
Thank you so much!!! We are well on our way :-)
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 August 19, 2013
Beautiful photo in every way. So glad that she is doing well.
LauraRetyi
 
LauraRetyi September 26, 2013
What a wonderful keepsake for their old old age, your image is fabulous! I pray they always stay as close as they are here and congratulations for cancer free!
PhilipCarnevale
 
PhilipCarnevale September 28, 2013
Wow! Congratulations on the award. what beautiful photograph. It is amazing!
hollyannsimon
 
hollyannsimon January 04, 2014
Adorable work.
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TexasStarlet December 24, 2014
Thank you :)
Tamz
 
Tamz May 06, 2014
Most beautiful photo I've seen on ViewBug, I have identical twin nieces too :) so happy for the good news.
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TexasStarlet December 24, 2014
Thank you so much :)
janel1969
 
janel1969 September 12, 2014
Wishing Bella a long and happy future with Yasmeen always there to enjoy a happy sister bond...beautiful photo!
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TexasStarlet December 24, 2014
Thank you :)
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onyanita October 05, 2014
this is just so adorable and i'm so glad she's winning the battle. Not fair that a 2year has to deal with this. xoxoxo
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TexasStarlet December 24, 2014
Thank you :)
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onyanita October 05, 2014
this is just so adorable and i'm so glad she's winning the battle. Not fair that a 2year has to deal with this. xoxoxo
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TexasStarlet December 24, 2014
Thank you :)
SherranAndersen
 
SherranAndersen October 15, 2014
A photo that tells a story.., love their dresses.
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TexasStarlet December 24, 2014
Thank you :)
farlow
 
farlow December 21, 2014
Beautiful photostory.
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TexasStarlet December 24, 2014
Thank you :)
ohsnap
 
ohsnap February 06, 2015
Everything about this picture is BEAUTIFUL!! Love it!! May God bless them both always!
lyoung403b
 
lyoung403b December 11, 2015
That is precious!
EdyB
 
EdyB February 06, 2017
Beautiful picture, super moment... Love it!
drkinch Ultimate
 
drkinch April 16, 2023
I'd love to see this in my Girl Power Challenge!
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