I really wish I had an entire afternoon to chase these littles around with my camera. Each and everyone with their personilites and all different in their own special way. I can’t imagine how coo coo I would be with this many children all though I admit I’ve always wanted a large family. It was so entertaining just watching them all. Dear Kristine, I have no idea how you manage to raise them all with so much kindness much less keep them all feed. You must have the energy of 3 women. What treasures you have and I know there will never be a dull moment as long as you live. I hope you love these images of your sweet and beautiful family!
I’m not much of a writer, but I hope that my words might be encouraging to someone out there. I know you must be going through my same emotions. As a mother I see the world in which we are having to raise our children in and it makes me want to pull them close under my arms and protect them from all the evilness and hatred around them. I never really experienced much “mean girl” or bullying when I was younger. I think I have seen it more now as an adult than I ever did as a child. Is it the internet? Is it cowards hiding behind a computer? Is it the fact that people seem to have lost the ability to care for others. Is it an overwhelming sense of inferiority and insecurity that is breeding hatred and distain for human life? I’m sure it is a combination of a lot of things in our culture today and it seems like the makings for the “perfect storm” . When a child commits suicide over the words of another child we have to feel broken inside for what is going on?? How and why is this happening? I ask myself what can I do to help stop this!
I have been so close on so many occasions to home schooling my children. I have several friends that do and seem to be excellent at it. It’s tempting I have to say, but something has always stopped me from making that decision. I think I know why? I still believe in winning. I still believe in making a difference. I send my children out in the world and I pray for them, but I also pray that they will make a difference in their world. I hope that I, and the rest of our family have raised them with enough compassion and heart to want to make a difference. I hope that they can be the light. It does frighten me at times that their light will be snuffed out by the meaness around them, but I have to believe that it’s rooted so deep inside them that no one can ever take that away!
I also know that they have to figure out how to make it. Yes, it’s a cruel world out there and they are taking baby steps every day in learning how to rise above.
Please I mean no disrespect to anyone that homeschools. You are doing what is right for you! I have the upmost respect and admiration for those that homeschool and do it RIGHT!
This post was actually meant to document of few images I took over the weekend of my oldest daughter, Addison. I look over these images and I realize she is not a little girl anymore but not yet a woman. The hardest character builing years are ahead of her. I hope she always knows how beautiful she is. How strong and smart and wise beyond her years. How much I prayed for a daughter just like her. How much she reminds me of myself but smarter, stronger and wiser. She will be the one to give me ALL my gray hairs, but she will be worth it. I look forward to being best friends with her when she is grown, but I know for the next 10 years she will probably hate me. I’m ok with that.
It’s my prayer that all my children know how blessed they are and never take that for granted. I want them to know that God has blessed them so they can bless other people. While I will never fully understand why there is suffering and heart break for so many… I want to make a difference. Sometimes just being genuine and kind to someone makes all the difference in the world. I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. A simple smile, hug or encouraging word is better than nothing.
Everyone is fighting some sort of battle. Be kind
I love this family and love heading down to the coast any chance I get! What I love most is watching children grow. Time seems like it is passing entirely too fast. It gives me so much joy to know that I can capture time in images for families to have and enjoy for years to come.
Such sweet authenticity and southern charm from these two people and their families. I can honestly say that despite the brutal heat this day was such a joy to document. I have so many beautiful images that it was incredibly hard to narrow just a handful down for their blog post. I have many more to share, but for now here is a start.
Tomorrow our little gum drop will start pre-k. She will only be away from me two days a week but I know this will take some getting use to. All day long I crave a quit house for me to work and think uninterupted. At the same time there is nothing that gives me more joy than having the opportunity to be with my children all day everyday. I’m looking forward to “me” time with the knowledge that it will make me a better Mommy. Having seperation from work and family time will be wonderful. I’m sure I’ll be the only one with teary eyes. My sister reasurred me, “Leigh Anne if she starts crying when you drop her off it’s best to just keep walking” I know my MK. She will be throwing the deuces at the door and I’ll probably cry the whole drive home.
Here is to all the Mommies- Glad and Sad that schoool is back in! Here’s to early mornings and busy schedules. Cheers to the double shot Espressos and Sugar Free Monsters!
I have found the one whom my soul loves- Song of Solomon 3:4
I feel that these two embody that verse so well. Dusty’s sense of humor is contagious and I could see Jennifer’s face light up as soon as he was near her. It is always a blessing and a refreshing when I have the oppourtunity to witness and document occasions like this.
Please enjoy a few images from their wedding day. I know my images will say more than my words ever could.
If I had but one word to use to describe this wedding it would have to be the word Timeless. Tara, you were such a beautiful and elegant bride. Two sweet families coming together for this sweet occasion. It was as always my joy to work with clients that seem much more like friends. Tara and Sam I wish you all the blessings life can offer.
Please check by soon for an updated blog and slideshow of Tara and Sam’s wedding day