God gives you the desires of your heart so that He can fulfill them.
That's exactly what He did for Adam and Lauren...but He didn't do it just once. He did it twice.
When Eleanor was 11 months old, Adam and Lauren received what is arguably the most shocking news of their lives… Read More
When you see the look of awe in your husband's eyes as he gazes at your new son, when you tug the striped cap from the hospital off to admire the soft hair underneath, when your daughter sees her baby brother for the first time, when you are all four together as a family for the first time, you'll want to record every single detail in your memory.
Because each of those moments, and all of the other little ones in between, are invaluable. Read More
There is a level of captivation with tradition, a connection to generations past that would otherwise be overlooked. On Good Friday, when I started the broth, I could hear my grandmother reminding me to not forget to leave the kielbasa in the pot of water in the fridge overnight, so flavor is maximized. When my husband cut the roasted meat, I heard my grandmother's voice echoing after mine as I reminded him how it is supposed to be cut. As we cut the farmer's cheese into small cubes, I closed my eyes and envisioned my great-grandmother helping her mother make the cheese with cheesecloth, boards, and bricks. When I skimmed the fat off the top of the broth after it had chilled overnight, I was taken back to my grandmother's kitchen table bench, where I sat as she first taught me how to do that. And the scent of freshly grated horseradish atop my bowl of piping hot soup took me back to that same grandmother's kitchen, where I stood watching my dad and uncle grating it beside her sink. Read More
All of those deeply significant things happen while five humans scoop flour, crack eggs, and heat skillets. And while all of that measuring and mixing is happening, you can see their personalities and the bond they share.
Never have pancakes been so beautiful <3 Read More
Documenting this first experience for her meant so much to me, and not just because it touches my heart to witness the relationship between my husband and my daughters. I am a firm believer that our husbands set the example for our children on what a man should be, what a husband should be, and how they deserve to be treated.
So photographing the very moments that show my daughter, now and in the future, what a treasure she is...it was truly an honor. Read More
I don't think I've ever met anyone who is fond of influenza or any of its baggage. Sometimes, like this year, it brings extra tricks in its bag, like hospital restrictions.
Although such restrictions are put in place to protect us, they can put a damper on things...such as a Fresh 48 session. Read More
Everything we do speaks to and shapes our kids. When we let them crack eggs into the pancake batter, we are telling them that we have confidence in them and that they are wanted. When we help them with a Science project, we are telling them that we care about their success and that we are there to support them. When we take time to wash, style, and cut their hair, we are telling them that they are important, they are loved, they are beautiful (or handsome), and they are cherished. Read More
The truth is, they won't ever get to experience her the exact way I did. But they do get to experience her heart. And ultimately, that's what matters. Her heart and her love for all things is what makes her who she is, which leaves me with no reason to feel disappointed. Only grateful. Read More
In taking all of these photographs, I realized that these ordinary moments are what make our family tick. They're who we are. They're a part of our story.
The ordinary moments in your life are no different. Like these photos, those moments each tell their own story individually, but collectively they tell a masterpiece of a story...your story.
Whatever stage of life you're in, whatever your story consists of, it's worth remembering. Read More