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Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 - 6 comments

And then there was five…

On my birthday, I got to photograph my first birth story, and it was amazing. And also the most terrifying thing I've ever photographed!

Sarah had a home birth, and in between contractions, she would play with her two kids and joke around about being able to have some wine and sushi for dinner. As labor progressed, her children would come in and talk to her, make her pretend soup, caress her arms gently. Sarah wasn't pestered or bothered by their presence, but actually seemed comforted by it! Never once were they frightened, and even though the method is not the usual way of labor, it seemed totally natural. I, however, was not as calm as the kids. There was a whole hour where I was in over my head and regretted being there. Sarah's one of my dearest friends, and we share a lot of bonds, but this was taboo. Seeing someone in a state of pure agony seemed at the very least like a violation of personal space. My heart was wrenched.

And then it stopped, and Sarah cried, "My baby! by baby!" as she pulled her out of the water surrounded by her whole family. Watching the relief and elation on everyones faces, seeing the kids meet their new sibling, being present at such a miraculous moment was a privilege. And because Sarah let me in on her most intimate , vulnerable moments, I can share their amazing story with you. I hope it blesses you and brings you as much joy as it does me!

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Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013 - No Comments!

Little A’s Adoption Day!

"It is important to realize we adopt not because we are rescuers. No. We adopt because we are rescued." - David Platt

I got to come along and document Little A get officially adopted at the courthouse. She came home to this family straight from the hospital, but this week it was made official. She is the third child adopted by this family, and going to Crepeville to celebrate afterwards is a tradition. I was so lucky to be apart of this important day.

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 - 3 comments

The Bucket List

Keira made a summer bucket list of all the things she wants to do before school starts again. The most important thing on the list was to go to the beach. So we went to Bodega Bay and had a blast! Here is what our day looked like:

Monday, Jun 3, 2013 - 2 comments

Gracie Graduates!

This week my friend Gracie graduated high school, and I got to photograph the celebration. What a beautiful outpouring of love and support I got to witness! Friends and family gathering as Gracie comes to the end of such a big portion of her life, and the beginning of the next chapter. As an added bonus, Gracie's older sister told her first about the newest addition to the family, expected in January 2014! What an incredible response!

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 - 1 comment.

Monday mornings are pretty awful.
Duh.
Monday mornings when we run out of milk
and the girls wake up an hour before they're supposed to
and your husband has super bad allergies
and everyone is walking around like a hot mess...
well those Mondays just suck.

Obviously, we are having the latter, so to cheer myself up, I'm looking back to Friday night when we had our first bbq at our new house. The house we don't live in yet. We bought a new bbq and some amazing food and had the most amazing time getting a glimpse at what life will look like soon...

Thursday, Mar 7, 2013 - 8 comments

These are the Days.

I got to spend a rainy day morning with the Day Family; Missy, Josh, and their three awesome little girls. Well, three and a half. Missy is having her fourth girl at the end of May! So, before they start their own production of Little Women, here is what their life looks like now. Making waffles and getting everyone dresses is a serious team effort in this house, but these parents make it look easy.