The first question I almost always get is, "Who is on the cover?" That, my dear friends, is none other than my sister-in-law, Brandy (aka Number 4 of people who inspired Prim & Posh.....see below).
The bag Brandy is modeling was originally called the "Brandy Bag" which of course was named after her. She carried the first one, and I've always said that the bag style just reminded me of her. That bag in the photo is her actual bag. Oh! I must talk about the boots! I left outfit choices up to my girls....I just gave them the fabric swatches of their bags and said, "I trust you!" :) She walked in with those boots on and I said, "YES!!!! THAT IS AWESOME!" She had brought back-up shoes just in case, and I told her no way. Those boots rocked. So why the cover? Well, not only was this shot absolutely gorgeous (Thank you Niki Jerrell from Forever June Photography!), but this woman is amazing.
Brandy and her husband, Logan, are in the process of adopting a baby girl from Ethiopia. They have been waiting a little over 7 months, and are getting very close to the top of the list. Brandy hasn't just sat back and waited.....she is doing something in the meantime. She found out a few months ago that some of the orphanages in Ethiopia didn't have diapers for the babies. Instead of sitting there thinking, "That's awful!" Brandy did something. She organized a HUGE cloth diaper donation that included women from our hometown (and others around the country!) sewing cloth diaper covers to keep those babies dry. She contacted a company who dealt with cloth diapers and received a tremendous donation of over 1,800 diapers. Those diapers are in the orphanages today.
So you are thinking, "Wow! They are adopting from Ethiopia! That is so exciting! Certainly nothing else is going on with something so big and life-changing happening right now........."
Well, guess again.
Brandy found out in January that she had an Acoustic Neroma, a tumor very close to her brain. It was benign, but it was growing in a very tough spot. The tumor had already damaged her hearing nerve (which was how they discovered it....), and was also involved with her balance and facial nerve too. After much prayer, Brandy decided to have surgery to remove it. Her surgery was just this last week, and she is doing so good. The surgeons discovered that the tumor was actually a Meningioma, which is a tumor that grows on the brain's lining. Throughout this whole process Brandy's faith has been strong, and she has handled everything with such grace and poise. She amazes me. :' )
And that, my dear friends, is why she is on the cover.