When I started my photography journey several years ago, I quickly realized that documenting life brought me so much joy. I love the real. I love the stories. I love the meaning. Friends, I know I am not alone when I say that I cannot keep up with time. It is flashing by right in front of my eyes. Another year is behind us. My head cannot hold all the memories I want it to hold. To be able to freeze a moment with my camera, and make it a lasting memory is so amazing to me. Is it not such a precious gift? I am honored whenever someone invites me into their space and trusts me to tell a little piece of their story. I am doing my best not to take it for granted. As you look through these images, I hope you are encouraged to document your own life. Thank you Leuciuc family, from the bottom of my heart.
As promised, here is Noah’s 12 month summer session at the beautiful Big Ridge State Park. I had originally wanted to combine his first year blog with this one, but it would have just been way too big of a blog. I had too many from this session that I wanted to share, so I opted to separate them. You can see the other post here. Again, what a treasure it has been photographing this family over the last year+. Brad and Kathryn, I love your family so much. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
“Feelings, we all have feelings
We like to give our love and get love back
It’s part of caring, you’re learning caring
When people grow and share and start to know
There’s more out there
Than just getting more and taking more
There’s giving more, the best part of living
Growing up, it’s something you can measure
Growing up, it happens every day
Being young is something you can treasure
But life is good when you’re growing up”
My heart hurts a little. It hurts because it is full. This family. Sniff. They entrusted me to help tell their precious story. After years of heartache, they brought Noah into this world. Little Noah…their rainbow baby. Knowing just how much these photographs mean to this Mama, this Daddy, their family, and to future Noah, I am reminded why photography grabbed a hold of me and wouldn’t let go. The days after we lost my sister, we all were foraging through photos. Memories that may otherwise have been forgotten, or perhaps just stored in the recesses of the mind, got to come back to the light. Oh how sacred a simple photograph can be! Though I do not get to spend time with them nearly enough, I love this family. They will forever have a piece of my heart. This blog is a compilation of Noah’s first year of life. From womb to birthday party. Precious! I chose a few from each session for this blog, but stay tuned for one more blog of Noah’s full 12 month session we did at Big Ridge State Park!
Audrey started school. That comes with loads of emotions as you can imagine. It is mostly good emotions. She is in a homeschool coop, which leaves her home to be schooled two out of five days a week. The three days at school are half days at that. That schedule is quite easy to bear. Now, if she was gone all day most days of the week…cue the tears! With her being gone, my little man and I have gotten lots of one on one time. He has taken the transition like a champ. He loves being my little buddy, and that brings me joy. That is why I chose this image for this month’s ONE blog circle. Remember to cruise on around the loop and even leave some love if you’d like. You won’t regret it.
Next up is the talented Photographer in Katy Texas, Monica Cutraro! Click the link to keep going around the circle.
What a joy and breath of fresh air it was photographing this family a few weeks ago. Brent and Elizabeth have hearts overflowing with passion. I was lucky enough to have them share some of that passion with us. They write:
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5
JI Packer once wrote, “If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means he does not understand Christianity very well at all.”
When you are gripped by the fact that you, a sinner deserving of God’s righteous wrath, were adopted by God and given the full rights and privileges of Jesus, it changes everything about how you live. For us, it changed our hearts about not only the size of our family but what our family might look like to others. There are different skin tones in our family. There are different origins in our family. These are reflective of the truths of the gospel that saved us. God chose a people for himself from every nation, tongue, and tribe and made them his own beloved children in and through Christ. The church is a beautiful reflection of that truth as we worship together with those that don’t look like us and perhaps have a vastly different background than we do. Adoption makes us family. This is true in His Church and it is true in our home.
We have three children that look very similar to their mom and dad. Nothing will ever change the fact that they are our children. We have one child that was abandoned as an infant in a field in Ethiopia. Nothing will ever change the fact that she is our child. We have two children that were frozen in a lab for 10+ years and by many would have been viewed as less than human. Nothing will ever change the fact that they are our children. We were changed forever because God adopted us in Christ. May God be pleased to use our family to reflect that change to the world.
When I was thinking about what image I should share for this month’s ONE blog circle, I knew it had to be something from our time in Maine. Goodness, I took so many photos, but the one I decided to go with is a landscape image. Maine is absolutely beautiful. Sky for days and days. Clouds that seem so low you could reach up and grab them. We were staying in a small town at the very tip top of the state. ATV trails in the summer. Snow mobile trails in the winter. We had the privilege of exploring the land via these trails. One day, my husband and I road the trails from our house to the restaurant. This image is from that date. Just so beautiful. If I could sum up our experience with just one word….MAGIC.
Be sure to continue around the circle. You won’t regret it! Next up is the super talented Melbourne Family and Newborn Photographer, Jenny Rusby.