So Much Love

families

This family.

Man, I love their story! It’s one of heartache and faithfulness in the midst of grief and the joy that comes in the morning.

About seven years or so ago our church experienced a baby boom of sorts. We had two mamas due in September and then one due each month thereafter until February or March if I remember correctly. Except for January. We all just sort of laughed and said that must be JJ and Katy’s month to adopt. And wouldn’t you know it January rolled around and sure enough they got a call that a little fella had been born that morning and the birth mom had signed over her rights, did they want him? Within hours of his birth they were able to be there holding him and loving on him. At his baptism a few months later they were also able to announce that they were expecting in November.

Those Irish twins were quickly followed by another brother and then their first sister.

I say their first sister because baby number five is due next month. That’s right…five kiddos in seven years. What a full noisy home and full happy hearts! Who would have thought of the life God had planned for them?

“For to have been born in God’s thought and then made by God is the dearest, grandest, and most precious thing in all thinking.” ~ CS Lewis

Guernsey Throwback

throwback Thursday

I love looking back and gathering pictures for a post like this! I first did G-man’s pictures when his mama was teaching at my kids’ school. He was such a cutie with those big blue eyes!

I don’t think he was even a year old at that time but a few years later I got to do family photos out at Ft Pickens. Honestly, it has been so long ago I almost forgot I had done them but as I looked through them again I was reminded of how absolutely adorable they turned out! These are some of my favorites from that day.

Fast forward a few years more and we did family pictures again that included his new baby sister! My heart still melts when I see his precious smile and that cowboy hat.

I think Jojo was my first watermelon one year old session and she could not have been any cuter!

We also did a family picture when we did her first birthday photos and it has always been one of my favorite images! Definitely one for the portfolio with the beautiful light and sweet smiles.

I cannot wait until next week when I will be sharing their most recent family session!

Worth The Wait

families

Sometimes the opportunity to photograph a family takes a little while to become a reality. Schedules can be hard to navigate and just finding the right time weather wise can make for a delay. Sometimes it can take years. That is exactly what happened with this sweet family. Lockett (cool name, right?) is a teacher at my girls’ school and we have talked in general about doing her family’s pictures, in passing, and in depth. Finally, last week everything came together and we made it happen.

And it was so much fun! I mean, at least, I had fun and at the end of our time together Dad said it was the least painful picture session they had ever had done and I am going to count that as a win and high praise.

Sometimes I am amazed how much kids have grown and changed when I look at them through the viewfinder on my camera. While my girls don’t have any classes with her boys our school is small and so I see them frequently but there is something about narrowing my field of view and I suddenly notice how much of young man her oldest has become and how her youngest has lost that little boyish babyness.

You know those boys are full of shenanigans and keep mom and dad on their toes! They were cracking me up photobombing a few of the pictures I was taking.

As I said, I really enjoyed my time with this sweet family and while I hate that it took us so long to make it finally I happen I loved having them in front of my camera. Lockett, be sure to let Chris know that next time will be even better 😉