When you’re born into a family, you’re kind of stuck with them. Through the good and the bad and the joy and the sadness. Sometimes our siblings or parents aren’t always what we hope and sometimes we aren’t either. But when you marry and create a family of your own, you choose it. You choose the good and the bad and the joy and the sadness. You choose to live a full life, to love completely. When you create your own family, you choose the hurts and the laughs, the pain and from that, the healing. And oftentimes, we don’t meet each others’ expectations, but we choose to push through to find that sweetness–the renewal– that comes with learning to love and help each other through all of the good and bad times.
Every so often in life, our paths cross with people who touch our lives like nothing before. This family is one of those. This family is amazing, is full of love, is full of joy and laughter. Each one of them is amazing in who they are. The oldest brother is so funny, so charming, and quite the character. The middle is so sweet and crazy and brings a smile to your face the instant you see him. And baby sister is super sweet with a little sass thrown into the mix.
Mom and dad own a piece of my heart. Each week, they share their love of God with hundreds of children. I sometimes wonder if they’ll ever really know exactly the huge impact they have on our kids. My kids love them like family and love learning from them. Dad’s heart and passion for wanting children to know how loved they are and how much they’re worth amazes me. He’s kind and loving and funny and gentle and he loves his family so much. There’s not an ounce of bad in him. And mom…She had me at hello. I remember one of the first times I met her and I laugh at it, looking back. She was in a bad mood that day, but I couldn’t help but to love her anyway. Her being just exudes love and warmth and love…She is wonderfully made and loves with her whole heart. It makes my heart happy that they chose each other to love and to create their amazing family. I could go on and on and on about them. But the love and joy they choose for each other was so evident this evening, I’d rather just show you the photos from our greatly anticipated (by both of us!) session: