yours, mine & ours

What a beautiful family!  When you blend together two families, there are usually bound to be issues and kinks.  I’m sure there are some in this group as well, but when I took their family photos, you would have thought they had been together always.  And with a new little one on the way, it will give this couple a round number of six.  And it’s a girl!  Good thing, because big sis is a bit out-numbered.

It was quite a humorous session.  With 15 mph winds, a temp high of 45 and no sun, you can imagine the chill that was in the air.  But we made the best of it by keeping the cars running and doing shifts.  Mom and Dad, just kids, whole family, just boys, etc…  You get the picture.  And it didn’t hurt too much either that I had a package of chocolate sandwich cookies in my car.  Hey!  I know this brood and what it takes to keep them on my side!  I, like most, am not above bribery for a good shot!

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classic love

These were taken on one of our last decent days before our first snowfall.  Wait!  Did I just say that?  Ugh.  Also with one of our last remaining fall-ish bushes.  I have done a lot of sessions over the last ten years.  And a lot of those sessions have been fun, heart-warming and memorable, but none so much as this one.

This couple was hilarious!  They were sweet, cute, understanding of my lack of Spanish comprehension and so, so patient when I tried to pose them.   I have literally never laughed so much at a session as I did at this one.  I think a close second would be my own with my husband because he cracks me up.  But then I was on the other side of the camera.  Anywho….  This session will definitely go down in the books as one of my all-time favorites.

But the most beautiful part to it all was the genuine love they have for each other.  I don’t speak a stitch of Spanish, but I didn’t need to in order to understand why they have been married as long as they have.

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bekah

There are many great rewards that come in life.  But my biggest are my marriage and my children.  I have never felt a greater sense of accomplishment in any other area than I have with these.  All I ever wanted as a child was to grow up, get married and have babies.  I did.  And with great success.  Not perfect but I definitely believe a huge part of me was designed to be a mama to my children.

When Bekah was born my heart swelled larger than I ever thought possible.  I loved her so much that within hours after having her (very traumatically, I might add) I remember whispering to her through tears, “I can’t wait to do this again.”  She was my first pride and joy.  And now, 23 years later, I can say with all honesty that I haven’t regretted one moment of being her mama.

Happy birthday Boo!!!  You are a beautiful gift!

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dilly

Do you want to know what makes me smile?  This guy right here.  Knowing that I have the privilege to be his mother and that he has one of the kindest hearts on this planet makes my heart swell with so much pride.  And his yummy face and sweet smile help a lot as well.  🙂

When I gave birth to him 17 years ago, I didn’t realize how much joy he would bring to our family.  I had an idea because of the three ahead of him who had brought the same joy.  But what are the odds that 100% of my children would be loving, kind and stinking adorable?  Blessed is a word that is VERY over-used these days so I won’t say that I’m blessed.  What I will say is that there is a word out there I could use but I won’t.

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elizabeth

If my children ever come to me in the future and say they no longer want their annual pictures taken, I think it might literally kill me.  I look forward to these each year even though it’s growing increasingly more difficult to get them done because of where they are and schedules.  But I am determined to document their lives even if it’s not what it used to be in the day to day photos.

E.Beth turned 21 this year.  I guess that’s a big milestone these days.  It really wasn’t for my husband or me.  Maybe it was for others around us but we weren’t aware if it was.  All I see 21 as is another year that my children are no longer babies.  Sniff, sniff.

I guess you can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl.

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push

She said that she wanted some new family photos.  I recommended that we wait until fall when the temps are a bit cooler.  She said how does next week work for you? Um…… okay.  So fall is out then.  We planned it for the following Saturday.

After a while of shooting, her husband asked if she wanted him to get the thing they made out of the car.  I had no idea what was happening.  He brought back a board and asked me where he should put it.  I told him I didn’t know because I wasn’t quite sure what it was.  Then he turned it around.

It took a minute for it to sink in for me.  But when it did I gave her a big hug and started to cry.  You see, she is a friend of mine and I see her daily because we work together at our church daycare.   I had no idea!  The last I knew, they were done having children.  Yep!  She lied to me.  She said that she always wanted more but didn’t want people bugging her on when the next one would come.   I guess her strategy worked.

Needless to say, fall would have been a little late to share the news, which is why it happened sooner.  Thankfully, the morning we chose was not blistering hot or muggy so it all worked out perfectly!

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