“It’s been tough.”
Coming from a mother to a busy almost-three-year-old and a newborn that was an unexpectedly early arrival, these words have a nuance to them that only other NICU veterans will probably fully understand.
You see, when you go from being (uncomfortably) pregnant to having a premature emergency delivery, your mind suddenly spins all sorts of directions you never allowed it to go before.
Days in the NICU seem unending. Every milestone met is one step closer to coming home. Thankfully, her stay was a relatively short one, no doubt helped along by the outpouring of prayer and support from family and friends.
It is a powerful thing to be a part of a strong community of faith, who will uplift you with thoughts, prayers, words and meals. Her doctors called her progress “miraculous”. Her parents know that’s true, because they and everyone they knew were praying for that miracle!
Welcome to the world, sweet girl.
Sometimes the simplest slices of life are the most profound.
Her little feet treading not-so-quietly down then stairs as the day is new and pregnant with promise.
His slender form curled up in bed, the quilt tucked over his head as the eastern light spills through the window.
My husband home before 9 on a weeknight.
A rainy afternoon with nowhere to go, snuggled on the couch with popcorn and The Princess Bride.
The degree to which we allow ourselves to experience gratitude is, I believe, the key to relishing life through all its mountaintops and valleys. And what could be simpler, or more satisfying, than journeying through life with a full heart and content soul?
(This post is part of a blog circle I’m participating in with several other lovely photographers…be sure to check out Rebecca Keller Photography for the next link and follow the circle around! And check here for my first post in the series if you haven’t seen it yet…Real Life.)
A house dressed in fresh flowers and springtime ribbons greeted me when I arrived for a rare shoot – a small, sweet wedding. I’ve made no secret that I don’t photograph weddings, but when clients recommended me for an intimate, at-home ceremony, I couldn’t turn it down. I’m so glad I didn’t. Documenting Sandra and Daniel’s joy as they bound themselves to each other before their family and friends was a gift and an honor. I wish you both all the happiness this world has to offer.