The newest ‘Joy’ in our family…
It was a cold morning in Georgia and the winds were stronger than I had ever remembered. I considered calling the Tangs before their session, but I knew this was our only day to capture the family photographs she had waited so patiently for. Before pulling into their driveway, not only did I specifically pray for the winds to calm down, I text Matthew asking him to please pray as well.
As much as I wanted to give the Tangs the photos they desired, I could feel the wind growing stronger and temperatures dropping even more. However, shortly after Anjolie started to cry and Christine and I began to discuss the possibility of having to cancel their long-awaited session, I noticed something…
The wind drastically calmed down.
Hair was no longer being blown out-of-control.
Instead of frigid winds, the gorgeous sun started to peek out from behind the clouds.
The time flew by as we captured LOTS and LOTS fun, Tang memories!
On a side note, although I normally LOVE to share personal stories on my blog, doubt and insecurity crept into this story and I had decided to simply post these images without sharing the answered prayer. My heart changed when I woke-up and read an early-morning text from Matthew’s dad with this ‘random‘ verse, Job 37:5-7:
“God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways;
he does great things beyond our understanding.
He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’
and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’
So that everyone he has made may know his work,
he stops all people from their labor.”
As always, THANK YOU, Sean & Christine, for allowing me to photograph your family and watch your super-special and beautiful girls grow-up!
There was no reason for me to be nervous. Not only was I getting to photograph my FAVORITE subject (children), I’ve enjoyed photographing Meredith and Nick before and consider them friends. Yet, I was STILL anxious for some reason.
As I talked to my sister on the phone about my feelings, she reminded me about the importance of totally RELYING on God in EVERYTHING we do. As I thought about the idea of DEPENDENCE, I started praying God would allow me to capture memories that would bring happiness to their family. Within a few minutes, my worry quickly turned into JOY and excitement.
YES! JOY and EXCITEMENT over enjoying a beautiful night with this wonderful family! What FUN we had together chasing kids, horses, leaves and light! SO FUN!
If you were to ask my kids what our family ‘celebrates‘, you’d probably be surprised at their answers.
Although our family values good grades, school plays, new karate belts and finishing piano books, it’s far from where our praise is found.
For our family, there’s NOTHING worth celebrating MORE than seeing God’s plan being carried out in someone’s life!
That’s why Matthew, the kids and I were super excited to drive to Mississippi to celebrate my niece’s recent engagement!
I am SO incredibly proud of Madison and the example she sets for everyone around her! (More of her story and photos are HERE.)
Being that it’s FALL, I didn’t pack the kid’s bathing suits; however, when we all saw my brother-in-law’s gorgeous pool with WARM water, we couldn’t resist! Ross, Rayna and I swam in our clothes. Ruthie… well, you all can guess what Ruthie decided to swim in!
I’m so happy I got to be there when “Granny” (my great, grandmother) got to meet her newest GREAT, GREAT grand-daughter, Naomi!
Over 100 years… Five Generations…
After lots of years of waiting, she was created.
After lots of cautious weeks of developing, her announcement was made.
After lots of prayers, her CF test results came back negative. (Praise the Lord!)
After all of this, we all believe God has a very special plan for Naomi’s life.
Here’s my newest and most precious niece, Naomi Joy…
Rayna quickly fell in love. It’s easy to see why!
She’s a “COW PERSON” too!
She’s like me! She can’t get enough of those gorgeous cows!
Ruthie and I both snuck-off at different times to love-on this sweet, beautiful girl…
Ruthie’s routine was:
* Get Ross to make her an extra chocolately s’more.
* Go visit and talk to this lonely, little guy.
(Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.)
There’s not much cuter than a 4-year old asking a horse her size if he wants any of her s’more… and then him shaking his head YES!