Archive for May, 2010

Catherine Louise, what a fine name for a sweet, delicate, little lady.  I had been eagerly awaiting the news of her arrival since Mom’s maternity session.  Catherine’s gender was supposed to be a surprise, but I hear the ultrasound technician let it slip a couple of weeks before her arrival.  That she was indeed a “she” was still a surprise for me, though, and I couldn’t be happier for this sweet family.  They are going to have so much fun watching their beautiful girls grow up together–sisters are a special kind of friend.  It was a bit of a marathon session, but worth it:).

Catherine Louise, 10 days:

And, oh, was she full of smiles at the end!

Just a delight working with you guys again!  Give her an extra snuggle for me, ‘kay?

Working with brand new little people is pretty much the best part of my job. Drinking in that intoxicating baby smell, snuggling them in tight, savoring every tiny detail–it’s heaven.  Working with brand new little people also takes a lot of patience.  Babies cannot be convinced or persuaded or reasoned with.  They can only be comforted and waited for.  Every now and then, though, I’ll have a session that just surprises me with the simplicity of it all.  Sweet little Finnan was such a calm, mellow, sleepy, content little guy.  It didn’t hurt either that he was absolutely beautiful, had wonderful dark hair, and started flashing us smiles at the end of the session.  From start to finish, I enjoyed each minute.

Finnan, 7 days:

I have no more words–he just makes my heart sing!

Wow, so almost all of my May babies are showing up early.  And different amounts of early, so they are all arriving within days of each other.  What does this mean?  It means I am basking almost daily in the sweet joy of newborn perfection and loving every minute of it.  What else does this mean?  It means that pretty much everything is behind schedule right now.  Please know, if you are waiting on a sneak peek, a gallery, or an order, that I am doing my best to get everything done as quickly as possible.  I appreciate your patience as I accommodate these brand new little people who so often have schedules entirely their own.

Baby#1 of 5 for this week is sweet Gracie Charlotte.  She surprised her parents by showing up on Mother’s Day almost 2 full weeks early–what a perfect way to celebrate the holiday.  Her parents are just so completely in love with their “lil’ peach” – I am not sure I’ve ever met a more smitten new father.  And she was just as fuzzy and soft and sweet as her nickname implies.

Gracie Charlotte – 9 days:

Gosh, I just love that little pout!

Grandma made Gracie this beautiful hat:).

Thank you, darling girl, for coming to visit–it was a joy!

I just love them.  I love being one.  I love my mother, my husband’s mother, my grandmothers, his grandmothers, my friends who are just wonderful mothers, my clients becoming new mothers.  I am so blessed every day by the mothers in my own life and by the privilege of being a mother to my own children.  In all my life, I don’t think I’ll ever do anything more challenging, frustrating, tedious, or overwhelming.  And in all my life, I don’t think I’ll ever do anything more important, rewarding, or educational, or anything with more lasting consequences than being a mother.

So, thank you to my own mother who taught me how to be a mother.  Thank you to the other mothers who have lifted, cared for, and inspired me.  Thank you to my children who have taught me to feel more love than the human heart should have the capacity to contain.  And finally, thank you to my Father in Heaven for trusting me with four of his own very precious children.

Mom J and Mom W?  Um, watch your doorstep for a little surprise looking an awful lot like the above.  Motherhood also affects punctuality;).  Love you guys!

And good ones at that:).

You know when you move to a new place and you instantly love it just because of the people you meet there?  When we moved to Port Orchard, WA right after my husband graduated, I was a little bit apprehensive.  There was no Target, no Old Navy, let alone Restoration Hardware or the GAP.  Although my grandmother grew up there, we didn’t really know anyone who lived there.  I just didn’t anticipate falling in love with the place.  And then we went to church.  And we met one of the most amazing groups of women I have ever had the privilege of knowing.  Seriously, I was inspired every day by my friends there, and knowing them has changed me forever.

With that little bit of backstory, you now have a slightly better idea of how excited I was to hear that one of those amazing women was moving (with her family) to Connecticut for a few months.  I was even more excited when Mother Nature decided to push up the time table for spring so that their session could take place among the blooming apple trees.  We had a wonderful, relaxing visit, a great meal (although any meal involving 8 kids is going to be a bit crazy), and then headed out to capture a little bit of fun.

The kids:

The oldest (gorgeous as ever):

The boy (such a handsome guy):

The middle one (so cute and fun, and look at those curls!):

And the baby one (totally sweet, if not totally in to having portraits taken):

And what’s a family session without a little fun (on your mark, get set, GO!):

Tiff, Jake, I cannot tell you what a treat it was to see your family.  The girls keep asking when we’re going to see you again.  Better clear your calendar;).