a few snapshots from the day we went strawberry picking together.
I had the opportunity to get to know a wonderful family while I was in Nepal and I practically begged them to let me snap a few photos of them one evening.
They’re living overseas in Nepal working alongside Tiny Hands International and they are invaluable to the work that Tiny Hands is doing. They are so hands on with the kids, working along side them, and loving on those children, it was the most beautiful thing to experience. They’re life giving people who are truly being the Kingdom and doing SO much for Christ and His people. I was blown away by how selflessly the give and love and I want to be just like them someday.
those things made the session really memorable, definitely.
but those aren’t the things that made the shoot for me.
the things that made the shoot beautiful and memorable for me was Chad’s quilt that his grandmother “made” despite the “Made in China” tag, it was the fact that Jocie shared her m&m’s with me, it was orange stained cheeks from messy soda bottles, it was blurry not perfect polaroid pictures that we took, it was sticky fingers from ice cream sandwiches, it was Heather and Chad spinning and playing with the kids until they were dizzy, it was pajamas and blanket snuggling in the back of the car and the occasional commentary about the movie, it was the honest to goodness genuine love that was undoubtably evident.
those are the reasons why I simply and utterly adore this family and these pictures so much.
It’s hard work, growing a baby and laboring through all of that crazy intense pain to actually bring this baby into this world. I can’t even imagine. I’ve seen it happen seven times and I still can’t figure out where these women muster up their strength to work for eight, twelve, twenty hours to deliver their babies.
the moment he was born, I could literally see the shock and sweet relief that, “oh, I did it!” spread across this new mama’s face. she instantly burst into tears and I saw the love sweep over her. “I love you so much, baby. I would do anything for you. I would do that all again. You are so worth it. You are worth anything. I love you with every inch of me.” she said.
what a beautiful moment to witness. a family becoming a family for the first time. every worry, every anxious thought, every fight to get where they are … to here. a healthy baby boy snug, crying that fresh newborn cry (which I’ve decided is my favorite sound in the world), mom and dad crying because for the first time they have the titles “mom” and “dad.’
first breath. first cry. first look at each other.
“hi, baby. i’m your mama.” … how lucky am I that I get to witness and capture and preserve such a profound moment.
the emotion that swept over room 3307 was incredible.
oh, what a day.
welcome to this crazy world, Finnian.
you are so loved.