Miracle Baby #2 | Newborn Storytelling Session | Metro Detroit Documentary Photographer

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…

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Becoming Four : Fresh 48 Session | Metro Detroit Documentary Photographer

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.

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Influenza: 0, Us: 1 - Fresh 48 Session | Metro Detroit Documentary Photographer

That moment was to be the climax of the story. For weeks up to baby's arrival, big brother and sister grew increasingly more excited to find out if their baby sibling would be a boy or a girl. 

So when we found out that the hospital where mom would deliver wasn't allowing visitors under the age of thirteen, we were a little crushed.

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God's Plan for my Daughter: A Congenital Heart Defect | Metro Detroit Family Documentary Photographer

Shortly after becoming a mother, my newborn daughter was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. I reacted in a way that I'm sure many mothers would: I embraced her as if my hug would heal her, I felt guilt and wondered if somehow I had caused this to happen to her, and initially, I was afraid for how this could affect her. 

If you would've told me then that almost four years later I would be at complete peace in a waiting room, while she lay under anesthesia in a cath lab while her heart was repaired, I wouldn't have believed you. 

But that's how the story went.

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Don't Forget | Metro Detroit Documentary Photographer

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.  

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Military Homecomings: Returning to the "Normal" We Take For Granted | Metro Detroit Documentary Family Photographer

If you haven't figured it out by now, I'll say it bluntly: "Normal" is the most beautiful thing. Ever. 

So don't discount your life. Don't think for one second that your story is one that's not worthy of being told, because it is. It's the details of you and your loved ones that make your story special, just like it's the details of this deployment and military homecoming that make it special for them.

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Keeping Grandma Alive | Metro Detroit Documentary Family Photographer

As I stood to the side documenting this, I remembered all of the things my husband has shared with me that he loves and remembers from baking these with his mom. My heart swelled as I witnessed him do those same things with our girls...

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Gaining Perspective: Newborn Session | Metro Detroit Documentary Family Photographer

That photograph, and others like it, are what change your perspective. There is no filter, no facade. There is authenticity, truth, and sincerity. There is proof that you aren't normal, or bland, or just-the-average-American-family-doing-boring-things-on-Saturdays. There is a story--your story--and there are a million reasons you should tell it. Gaining perspective on how amazing that story is is just one of them.

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The "Us" Before Baby: Maternity Session | Metro Detroit Documentary Family Photographer

Even after your sweet baby arrives, and those hearts begin to grow, and your world begins to change, and everything is so different, one thing will be the same: you two, the two responsible for it all, you'll be in it together.

TOGETHER.

Do you feel the power in that word?

Document that power. Record the portion of your story that showcases the roots of your family. Tell the story of your family's foundation. Because without that foundation, you wouldn't be who you are right now. 

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The Evolution of Husband and Wife: Newborn Session | Metro Detroit Documentary Photographer

It is truly incredible how, despite not having a rulebook or any idea what it actually takes to be a mother or a father, we dive into our new roles and we just...do it. And we do it well, because we all do it with our hearts.

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