Today's photos are from Emma's first meeting of Lou and Marley. You are special, Emma. You are the first.
You are the first fruit of a new branch of the Riley tree. God willing, you will have cousins and brothers and children of your own. You will sing our songs and tell our stories; you will be a Riley long after we are gone.
You are the first baby that Lou has ever met, and one more Riley for Marley to protect. You are the answer to the pit in my stomach on the first day that only two puppies came scratching at the door. You are God's promise: you are the persistent newness and goodness of life.