Well, friends, this isn't a joke...I blogged! After my child was born ( a post on that soon ) I took several months off just to enjoy him and figure out motherhood. Now that I have it completely figured out (riiiiiiight) I thought it was time to return to blogging. So, here goes! Over the next few weeks I will be updating the blog with recent work that I have yet to show. Stay tuned for so many pretty weddings and portrait sessions! I thought I'd start back with a bang and blog about one of my highlights from the last year which was this GORGEOUS Colorado anniversary session.
Well, this post was supposed to happen quite some time ago but yet, that seems to be a trend in life lately...being behind! I've decided to embrace it instead of beating myself up about it so here you go, my last minute post to announce that my husband and I are having a baby!! So last minute that this is also a timely post to let you know that most likely that baby will be arriving tomorrow! EEK! Double whammy on the news front.
Last September I had the joy of surprising my husband with the news that God had blessed us with a little life and we were overjoyed. I've always wanted to be a mom and yet nothing can quite prepare you for that surreal moment when the pregnancy test is positive and you blink several times in disbelief. It's a moment I will never forget and still can't believe. After my husband and I recovered from some of the shock, we began to marvel at this precious little life that was developing by the grace of God and that marveling hasn't stopped. Over the last nine months we have continually stopped and praised the Lord for His incredible craftsmanship and creativity. The way a human being develops is AMAZING and it has only increased my faith in countless ways. When you see the heartbeat on the screen, when you feel that first kick, when you watch your child respond to touch inside the womb and when you study how a baby develops it is overwhelming. The process is so beautifully designed and SO beautifully points to a glorious Creator.
All that to say, while my pregnancy hasn't been all rainbows and butterflies, it has truly been a joy and a privilege that I wouldn't trade for anything. Jimmy and I feel so inadequate to parent this child but SO honored that God would choose us to do so.
Now for the fun part...I'm not due for another two weeks but because of some unforeseen complications (thankfully nothing too serious) our Dr has recommended that we have this child TOMORROW! We will see what happens as there are still some things that could change that but as of right now, we are packing our bags and preparing to head to the hospital in the morning! It has been a whirlwind of a week and honestly, not at all how I pictured this experience going. Yet, in the midst of it all, I've been challenged so much to see how the Ultimate Parent, God Himself, so perfectly sees what we do not see and works for the good of His children, even if it means laying down His own life. Some of the ways in which this is all unfolding is not at all what I would have chosen and yet, that's because I do not see in full. As I think on that, I am reminded just how much that is the heart of a parent. You work for the good of your children and yet, that doesn't mean they will always understand because they simply cannot see the big picture. As my husband and I are about to embark on this journey of parenthood, I'm so thankful that we not only have wonderful earthly parents but that we serve a God who is the most loving Father and who works for our good even when we don't understand. He is our ultimate example.
So, all that to say, we are expecting a sweet addition to our family...VERY SOON! Here's to new adventures, precious life and God's sweetest gifts! Since I don't have cute pics of our sweet babe yet, here are some from our maternity session! Thanks to my wonderful assistant, Julie, for capturing this sweet season for us!
Oh, and if you don't follow me on social media and this is all news to you, then let me add a little bit of excitement in saying that we don't know the gender of this baby! Yes, we are those crazy people...but we love it. We are waiting in wonder at what this child will be and also who he/she will become over the years! So stay tuned...
As my husband kissed me goodbye on his way to work this morning, I smiled to myself. We are not the same people who stood under that tree and under that banner two years ago. Marriage has changed us. Shaped us. Challenged us. It has chipped away at our selfish pride and brought as a replacement the sweetest of change. While the newness of marriage has begun to wear off, the profundity of daily commitment and growing together is beginning to take root and when I think on that, I get so excited for the days ahead. I am confident that they will be days that are made up mostly of the mundane and the uneventful. Days that to the average person would seem to be lackluster and without much glamour. To me though, I think those days will be the ones that shape us the most as we continue to daily learn to live out our vows and to help each other walk more faithfully with Christ. Our wedding day was one of the sweetest days of my life, marked by overwhelming joy. Yet, every day since has served to only add to that joy, both on good days and bad, and because of that, I think the best is still ahead.
October is a special month for my husband and I. It's a month of celebrations and well...if you know me at all, you know that makes me a happy gal. In the span of a week, every October we celebrate our half anniversary (1.5 years and going strong), Jimmy's birthday, our engagement anniversary and the anniversary of the day we met. Whew! Let's just say, in the words of Anne Shirley, 'I'm glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!' It's a special month for me and mostly because of my blonde hunk of a husband. Three years ago today, I got set up on a blind date by some of my clients (now friends) and I honestly thought, 'am I crazy?!?' Blind dates are 9 times out of 10 total disasters and I wasn't sure what my expectations were for this one. Yet, when I opened the door for him to pick me up, I have a feeling that God was smiling at His handiwork.
I feel like I might tear up a little bit writing this blog post. No shame. You see this week, it's officially been five. FIVE! Cinco. That's right, five years since I took one of the biggest leaps in my life and left the security of working for someone else and stepped in to the crazy world of self-employment. It has officially been five years since I went full-time with Mary Fields Photography.
It was July 4th weekend, just a little over two years ago and what was seemingly just another Independence Day celebration was in fact a day that changed their lives forever. Mutual friends got a group together to celebrate the weekend at a lake house and both John and Caroline were invited. It was the first time they had ever met and both took notice of the other. He was taken of course by her beauty but even more by the way she carried herself: confident, secure and joyful. As the weekend went on, he got to see more and more her love for Jesus and that won Him over most. When I asked her what she noticed first, she jokingly said the new mustache he had grown was quite a statement maker...but really it was his leadership and humility that caught her most. As their relationship has unfolded, that continues to be her favorite thing.
Her mom helped her zip up her dress and as she turned and looked at herself in the mirror, it hit her...she was a bride. Her face immediately took on the most beautiful smile and she turned to her bridesmaids with a scream of excitement. They responded with claps and tears and smiles as big as hers. She was about to marry the love of her life, forever making a covenant with him before God and all her closest friends and family. This moment was indeed one of great rejoicing!
She's strong. She's gentle. She's determined and tenacious. She's smart. She's hard-working. She's selfless and creative. She's gracious. She's fun. She's joyful and a blessing to us all.
That's my mom and last month she turned the big 60! Not her favorite thing I suppose but let me tell you, my mom has more energy at 60 than I have at 30 so she's doing pretty well! Her favorite thing is to be on the water (that Florida girl in her) and so we planned a surprise lake weekend for her with all of her family. It was a special few days and if you can tell by the smile on her face in the pic above, she had a blast. There were 27 of us, 21 adults and 6 grandkids, which made up for a 'packed' full time. We jet skied, boated, watched college football and soaked in the sun as fall quickly approached.