Thank you for including me in the blog post. I feel like I could write a million words about you and your time with my family, but really all I need to say is “Thank You.” In a world where there is so much hustle and bustle, you seem to “set the circus down” for an hour or so each time you are here. From almost being rained out, to having a fussy baby, to having a friend stop by, you managed it all so well and with such grace.
I find my phone full of candid shots of my boys, but not a single one of me and the boys. That is why this picture of the four of us is so special to me. I envision this picture framed by my bedside forever and when I am old and grey, I hope my boys look at it and think of all the fun they had at this age. They will have no clue what all went into getting them all dressed and behaving:)
I also love the picture of the three of them together because I think it accurately depicts each of their personalities perfectly. James is free-spirited, Harrison is being the rigid, over-attentive older brother and Mac…well he is just holding on for dear life! I love this picture and love that is has all of my boys just being themselves.
I love the family photo for just that…it is a family photo….no hoops to jump through, no balloons or crazy backgrounds…just us….in our yard, our most favorite place and where a lot of good times have been had and there will be many more memories to make I am sure.
I added this picture of the boys running to me…because, really, I feel like even though I am dressed up and their hair is combed and there is no slime on their clothes, it still captured what we do each day….play and have fun. I feel that they are always grabbing up to me:) wether it be for food, guidance, money…whatever-I love that they run to me… and poor Kent is just standing back in the background….he is always behind the scenes and never gets enough credit! that is all I need in life…for them to love me and want to be with me. I know that sounds cliche, but after long days at work and stressful situations, we love to go outside and play and deep down that is when Kent and I am the happiest..just watching them be boys…and I feel that no matter what is going on in the world, as long as they know we here for them and that they can run to us….we are good.
And of course, I included James picture on hole #5. This is where it all started for me and you and our friendship. Without getting too emotional, I remember having booked you for James’ newborn session having never met you. I then I cancelled you because I was scared to death to bring my baby home and honestly, didn’t want anyone to see us at that time. We were keeping everything bottled in and scared to even come out of the house. I have no clue when I rescheduled you, or if I even did…or if you just showed up….I just remember crying when I introduced you to James and you sat at my kitchen table and drank a cup of coffee. You listened to me ramble on and on about the “hows and whys” of what just happened. At some point you took Harrison up to hole #2 and took the most precious picture of him that I will cherish that forever…he had been totally pushed aside during all the chaos of his little brother. He was so happy to just have someone to play with him. And then somehow, because you are a great photographer and a mom of boys, you managed to talk me into taking some pictures with James. You told me that I would regret it if I didn’t….I don’t think I was even dressed to take pictures…and now I wouldn’t trade those newborn pictures for anything in this world. Somedays when I get bummed out or get a bad report or just get scared for James’ future, I can look at those pictures and then look at the picture of him on hole #5…5 years of prayers, love, research, time and just letting him be him…and this is the shot you got….it is perfect. He is happy, care-free, smiling for ear to “BIG new ear” and I just look at him and it puts everything in perspective and makes every thing ok…
Well, that went on forever…I am sorry to just ramble….I am not even going to edit what I wrote, because honestly, I just needed to write some of that. Whew! I hope you have enjoyed being with us these past 5 years as much as we have enjoyed getting to know you. You are the only photographer that Kent has ever taken off work for….by the way!
We love you and your work…and look forward to seeing you again in the fall.