Asher turns 2!
Happy second birthday to sweet Asher…His mom is one of my best friends and I just love this little guy! He has the biggest smile I believe I have ever seen. Asher loves hats, bicycles, motorcycles, dinosaurs, lions, blocks, and food. There are many times I have been around to hear him look at his mama with big eyes and say, “hungeeee.”
A note from mama:
“You have a big smile and a big heart. You copy everything (literally everything) your sister does and says. You love to make jokes and to laugh. You don’t like slides but love to swing and to climb. You can almost count to 10 and you call most every color blue. You are a daddy’s boy through and through but I know you have a special place for your mama too. You’ve changed our world, my little man, and I pray we teach you to do that every day. I love you, Asher Eric. You do you, bud.”
Family Gathers For Mom’s 60th Birthday!
Melissa and her sister Sarah met in Robbinsville, NC with their parents to celebrate their mom turning 60! After some super sweet family photos we headed back to the lake house for some fun. Fun with Friends, paddle boarding, and hanging out on the dock was a perfect end to our session. Enjoy.
Summer, Sunflowers, and Smiles
Meet Karaline, she turned 13 on April 14th, and a fierce teenager she will be. This world is a better place with this sweet girl in it. I have seen the kindness and grace she extends to her family, and it challenges this old lady to be better. Her parents decided to become a foster family about 5 years ago. One by one the sweet babies came into their home and Karaline has loved those babies as her own brothers and sisters.
Not only is she beautiful inside and out she is an incredibly talented artist who loves to draw. Karaline also likes Cross fit, Harry Potter and reading every book she can. It was a joy and pleasure to spend time with Karaline yesterday afternoon. If my girls are anything like her I will be overjoyed.
A Letter From Dad
To my Karaline,
For thirteen years I have watched you grow into this incredible human. You have one of the most gorgeous smiles I have ever seen, but it pales in comparison to how beautiful your heart is.
When you were born, your mere presence made me want to be better every day. Now, the way you live your life challenges me to be better, more like you, more like Christ.
You love with open hands. Being a foster family is so hard. What you have sacrificed as a part of this foster journey is not lost on me. I see you love every child that comes into our home with the fiercest most selfless love I have ever seen. You do not try to protect your heart; you give it away over and over. You don’t just “go along” with being a foster family you are a major part of creating a home where every kid feels safe, wanted and loved. You fight for their future just like your mama and I.
You look for the good. You always try to find the good in every situation and in every person. When you find the good you speak it. You are an encourager. You take them time to speak the good things you see in people, the things you appreciate about them. This is one of my favorite things about you.
I could go on and on, but let me just say, I am a better person today because God chose you to be my baby girl. I am so grateful to watch you change all that is around you simply by being truly who God created you to be.
I love you. Forever. I will always be your biggest fan!
Love you, Daddy
A 90th Birthday and Family Reunion
Meet the VanPaepeghem family! What a blessing to meet and work with this wonderful bunch of people. Patricia, the matriarch of the family, celebrated her 90th birthday at the Hawkesdene in Andrews, NC on July 1, 2017. She celebrated with her 11 living children, 24 grand children, 22 great-grand children and one great-great-grand child with one on the way.
This remarkable woman puts her love of God and family above all and has always referred to her children as her family jewels. Her Ohio roots extend to Florida, Georgia, California, and Colorado. Faith, Ohio State Buckeye football, and some casino fun have kept this wonderful woman active and young at heart.
A week filled with hiking, playing cards, dancing, celebrating, and cousin fun seemed like a blast. We were honored to b a part of your special family time and glimpse with a great family you are. And as always we love working at the beautiful Hawkesdene. Enjoy.
Sister Love And A Birthday girl
Meet Kinleigh and Kaelin. These energetic and spunky sweeties were a joy to photograph last week. I just love Kinleigh’s energy and capturing her fire for life. Kaelin is not far behind her big sister with all smiles during their session. Kaelin will be one in July so we got to take a few birthday photos of her during their session and they are just adorable. Its so much fun getting to know these sweet gals.
And of course we always love photographing out at McGuires Millrace Farm. It is always a pleasure to work there with such gorgeous surroundings and wonderful people.