beauty for ashes: a story of love, perseverance and strength that comes from above

These two precious people mean the world to me. Their story is not one for the faint at heart. But their story is the most beautiful one I know.  If I had to sum up their life-journey in one word, it would be triumph. They will be the first to tell you that they have not arrived, they are not perfect, and they are still on their journey. It can’t be over this side of heaven, but it is one of victory. 

You can’t triumph without a trial. Beauty from ashes is their testimony. When it comes to dealing with being knocked down by what the world throws at you, these two are pros and picking themselves back up and trying again. The sourest bag of lemons magically turns into the most amazing lemonade you’ve ever tasted if these two have anything to do with it. If you believe that a square peg won’t fit in a round hole, they will prove you wrong.

My adventurous spirit, the desire to be a better person each and everyday and my ability to see the good when times get tough comes from them. All things are possible for those that put their trust in the Lord and never give up.

This photo session means so much to me. It’s stands for persevering no matter what. It conveys unconditional love. It means grace is powerful. It promises that God is our strength and in Him we can triumph victoriously.

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daddy and his girls : father-daughter dance

Stepping away from photography professionally was a hard, but also freeing decision. After I made that decision last fall, what followed was a breakup with my camera. I was burned out. The desire to be creative and the motivation to shoot just wasn’t there. I needed a break. Life got busy and months went by without a single shot.

Then the itch came back. I started seeing moments that needed to be documented. I started seeing the light again.  It started on the night of the Daddy-daughter Dance. My two beautiful girls and their amazing daddy had a date! Not just any date. A buy-a-new-dress, get gussied up, dance the night away kind-of date. This had to be captured. I am so thankful for these images and that we can look back on this precious season of life. These pivotal memories can be looked back on and anyone can see the love in their daddy’s eyes. I am so proud of these girls and so thankful for their daddy who loves them more than life!

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letters to my children : ella

My beautiful Ella,

I have been trying to write this letter to you, what seems like forever. Not because it hasn’t been burning on my heart to do so, but because life has gotten in the way. You are all getting older, our schedule has become more packed. We just enjoyed Christmas and are in down time mode, so I am taking this time to finally put some details about you in writing.

There really is so much to say. You are one special gift. Ella Laree means, “shining light” which sums you up perfectly!  We have been watching a lot of home videos lately, something we tend to do around the holidays, and I really can’t get enough of your sweet little self. You are still the same. It is so fun to watch you then and watch you now. You are still quirky and sweet, just without your adorable little lisp. I am so glad we have those videos. You like watching them as much as I do, who wouldn’t. You’re adorable!

It is such a blessing to watch you grow into the beautiful woman God has created you to be. I have seen such a change in you lately. You are still just as passionate, but you are learning how to control that passion and it’s beautiful to watch. Your heart is to bless those around you. You are learning how to take the desire to control and use it as a blessing. We have a lot of heart-to-hearts and I can see when we talk, you listen with your whole heart. You want to learn. You want to be used. And you will… mightily.

You look up to your sister so much. You struggle with being younger. But, I know you are so thankful for her. You truly have a best friend for life. I listen to the both of you giggle together, late at night, when you should be sleeping and it makes me smile. Such a precious relationship you have. You will continue to drive each other crazy at times, but you will also never have a closer friend. Your differences and those things that drive you crazy now, will be the same things you lean on each other for down the road.

You are extremely hard working when you’re focused on a goal. School just comes effortlessly to you it seems. I never worry about you. Even though you tell me you don’t like school at times, you still do amazing. You told me you want to either be President and rule the world, be an artist like Vincent van Gogh, or manage an Olive Garden so you can eat unlimited breadsticks. With your quirky personality and perfect comedic timing, you often have us laughing until it hurts. You’re shy and outgoing at the same. You are bold, outgoing and fearless. But you also have a shy side, usually when you’re put on the spot… I can relate.

You are so artistic. It just comes naturally to you. You blow me away with the drawings you create and the natural eye you have for all things beautiful. You aren’t afraid to be you. That is such a gift. That’s something that takes a lot of people years to figure out, if at all. You dance to the beat of your own drum, and those that are lucky choose to join you. You welcome them in, you just don’t mind either way. You definitely know what you want and you will do anything it takes to accomplish it. Even if it means hurting a few feelings. It’s something you got from me, we are working on that together.

You really remind me so much of myself. A lot of times it’s like looking at myself in a mirror. It’s why I get you. It’s why you get me. And it’s why we butt heads a lot. It’s why we we are close and will continue to be that support to one another through this journey of life. You are one of my best friends and I am so thankful to have you in my life. I know our memories and those precious stories we share are just beginning. I couldn’t be smiling bigger right now thinking of our relationship. Thinking of that time a few weeks ago, sitting outside Whole Foods and sharing that precious time together. Crying together. Figuring out life together. We connected and I couldn’t of been more proud of you in that moment. I saw your gorgeous spirit and was so thankful that God gave me the job of being your mom.

Keep on being you. Keep listening and following after the Lord. Walk closely with Him all the days of your life. Continue to love and pour into the lives that God brings your way. You will find complete fulfillment in loving God and loving others. Stay close with your sister and brothers, no one will understand you better than your siblings. You are a smart, strong, passionate woman… don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Continue to pursue boldly those things God is speaking to your heart. Even though you could get hurt, love deeply. Go after your passions with all your heart.

I will always be here for you precious girl. It’s an honor to be your mom and your friend. Thank you for showing me things about myself that I would have never known. Thank you for being patient and understanding with me. Thank you for being you.

Love,

Mom

 

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littleton children’s lifestyle photography : jules and annie

How cute are those names!?! These two sisters are the sweetest things you will ever meet. Jules was shy at first, but then her bubbly, adorable little personality started to emerge as she got more comfortable with me. I am so glad we were able to capture her smile because it’s beyond gorgeous. While I was editing this session, my husband walked by and said, “That’s a cute baby!” My thoughts exactly. I can tell these two are going to have a very special bond as they grow up together. This session almost didn’t work out… I am so glad it did!

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pace family : boise family photographer

I can’t begin to express how much these people mean to me. The beautiful mom in these photos is my dear friend. We go back, way back. Junior high was the start of our friendship and the start of many crazy adventures. Life has taken us in different directions, but every time we get together we pick up right where we left off.  If you have a friend like that, you know exactly what I mean. For some reason, it’s just easy.

I love these children like my own, crazy that this was the first time I had met them. That is just wrong. I am so thankful for this time I got to spend in Idaho, that much time will not pass again between visits. I am already having serious snuggle withdrawals. Taking photos of these precious people was such a gift, something I have wanted to do for a long time! Warning: this post is going to be very photo heavy! A mix of photos from our session and then ones I took around the house!

A major bonus was being there for Norah’s first steps, so precious. And she even made her first turn mid-walk to come to me… we have it on video! Awe, makes me teary-eyed!

Love you guys!

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