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Naomi’s Story

Normally, when my sister and I talk on the phone every day, our conversations are usually centered around something we’re cooking, somewhere we’re going or something too immature to share with anyone else.  But there WAS one particular phone call with Hannah almost two years ago that I will ALWAYS remember.

I asked her how her weekend was and, in a tone I hadn’t heard in a long time, she did her best to explain the incredible blessings God had so graciously given to her on that particular day.

Before the pastor’s message on the Sanctity of Life that morning, her extended family filled-up the seats to celebrate Parker’s public decision to be baptized.  After enjoying some comfort food with everyone they loved, out-of-town family said goodbye and her husband took off as well for time with his mentors in the church.  She thought the day was already “perfect,” but God had ONE more surprise for her.

Already soaking in all the many blessings, a ‘(+)/(-) Test’ revealed on that same night that God was saving the BEST surprise for LAST!    Parker, Hannah and Jason were finally getting the baby they’d all been praying for!

But during a routine prenatal appointment, Hannah received lab results that indicated her baby was at risk for a rare, life-threatening disorder.  So for the remaining weeks of her pregnancy, we all prayed and prayed for God’s intervention.  ‘Grandmama’ (our grandmother) said she’s never prayed for anything more than she prayed for Naomi during that difficult time.  Ironically enough, I know many of her prayers were said as she looked-out over the very spot in her backyard where Naomi played in the water during one of my last nights in Georgia.

God not only chose to give my sister a healthy, little girl, He added an incredibly sweet temperament and some major-cuteness as well!
1 Thessalonians 5:18

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June 16, 2017 - 9:08 am

grandmama - Christy ….. what you have just related is so true. I am so thankful for the health of all my Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren and pray daily for their continued physical and spiritual health. But everytime I look at Naomi, I see a miracle
because it seemed that the odds were stacked against her for her to have cystic fibrosis,and yet…she was born healthy and has been such a “joy” and “blessing” to us all. I thank God daily for our blessings. The pictures are just beautiful and give a hint into her wonderful personalty. Love you all!

June 16, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Debbie Fortner - Love <3 what you wrote Christy,& Naomi is so precious & so sweet I love <3 her so much. Our entire family it truly blessed with this little angel from Heaven. And of course you do know I want copies of all these pics right? lol !!! if you can send them to my cell or you can just send them in email or private message. You do such a great job taking pictures I wish I was as good as you. Your pictures are always beautiful !! love <3 you. 🙂

Tieg, Melissa, Grayson, Kensley & Maddox

Although I didn’t recognize the number when my phone rang, I certainly knew the familiar area code.  When I answered, a very nice man explained that all his wife wanted for Mother’s Day was for him to call me and arrange a photo session when I came back to Georgia.  (I told him that was ALSO all I wanted for Mother’s Day as well!)

I’m so glad Tieg gave his sweet wife, Melissa, what she wanted!  As a result, I was the lucky one who got to document their family!

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June 8, 2017 - 9:53 am

Grandmama - These pictures are simply beautiful- every one of them!

Halle & Emma

Photographing a child is truly my dream-come-true.  But being asked year after year to document that child’s unique stages and personality is beyond words!

Seven years ago, I photographed Halle and Emma for the first time.  Since that time, we have played in a field, done cartwheels and explored downtown together.  Although a lot of time has passed since my first photos of these beautiful sisters, their love, laughter and bond still has remained just as strong.

Thank you, Jay & Rachel! 
I appreciate your family and always enjoy seeing you when I’m back in Georgia!

Just for fun… here’s the past years…

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Tradition Restored

The dirt road was rocky and the Georgia air was exactly as you’d expect in late late Spring- hot and humid.  Despite the dust and heat, my mom and I eagerly pulled the straw baskets out of the car as we began sizing-up the rows and rows of beautiful, red strawberries that were calling out to us from the fields.

If I’d only known eight years ago that picking those strawberries would quickly begin one of my favorite traditions!

I assumed our first year picking strawberries felt so special because we had just moved back to Georgia.  (Oh, and also because Rayna’s curls were just getting long enough to put in pigtails!)  The following years, however, proved to be JUST as memorable.  Just when I thought Ross and Rayna were ‘the perfect age,’ the next year my nephew came along for even more memories.  It was fun to mix things up on year five by adding a BABY to the adventure! By year SIX, we had FOUR active and excited kids to manage!

In an ironic turn of events, the very tradition that probably got it’s roots from Matthew traveling away from home each week (and my mom’s effort to make plans for us to spend time with one another) came to an abrupt stop when Matthew had the opportunity to stop traveling by us moving 12-hours from “home” and all of the memories that were built there.

The first two years in Arkansas, I felt sadness and jealousy as I watched my friends posting pictures on social media of that same strawberry patch that held so many of MY precious memories.  But as I saw glimpses of local strawberry patches in Arkansas, I remembered a conversation a new friend recently shared.  She spoke so fondly of her own mother and how much they enjoyed their time together before she moved away.  Although she certainly misses seeing her each week, she and her mom agree that the move gave each one of them the opportunity and space to make memories with others, while treasuring even more the sweet memories they have together.

For two years I felt jealous and sad that I was “missing out” on something I use to love so much.  This year though, even if it looked different, I wanted to give our strawberry picking tradition another try!  With a little over 12 hours between two different strawberry fields, in a beautiful field in Fayettville, I found common ground.

I found smiles.
I found laughter.
I found beautiful strawberries.
I even found some new memories.

Next time, I’m going to not wait so long to do what makes my heart happy… even if it looks different than how it’s always been.

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Fun with the Cristofaros

God brought a special family into my life when we moved to Arkansas.
Not only a much-needed friend to Rayna, but a much-needed friend to ME as well!

I recently brought my camera along and, in between mine and Jennifer’s conversations about Jesus and pasta, I snapped a few pictures of these sweet, sweet girl who now feel like part of my own family!

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Cohen, 8 months old

The idea of JOY is absolutely fascinating to me.

I’ve had wonderful seasons where I experienced true JOY every single day.
I’ve also had seasons where I was numb; yet terrified I would never, ever feel joy again.
I’ve had times when I’ve allowed comparison to steal my joy.
Ironically enough, I’ve also witnessed many times when my own greatest joy was found in giving away joy to others.

Although I have not mastered the recipe for JOY (which I’m convinced includes God’s will, unique gifts and passions, emotional well-being and loving others), I know what JOY feels like to me:

Dropping by my cousin’s house for a few minutes to hang with her and take a few pictures of Cohen!  So, so fun!

No matter the season, for the past five years, I’ve been intentional to make a note of what brought love, joy or happiness to my day.  Here’s the wonderful journal I use:  “The Happiness Project”.

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February 12, 2017 - 2:56 pm

Grandmama - These pictures are just simply beautiful of both the subjects. I know they will be treasured even more as the years go by. They seem to grow up so fast, and it will be wonderful to look back on this special time of their lives.