One of my little dreams was fulfilled this past week. We had a photo shoot with our beautifully completed family. We decided to commemorate a pretty big season for us: our fifth anniversary right around the corner, the birth of Eli (yes, he’s already seven months!) and the other kids birthdays.
Our photographer was fantastic, a sweet woman who genuinely enjoyed capturing our family, which was a gift.
The morning of photos was pretty hairy. I felt so overwhelmed.
In my attempt to be brave and savour this sweet season with our kids, I was doing it before I had lost the amount of weight I wanted to, and the reality of this suddenly hit me as I was trying to figure out what to wear.
A few outfits later, I settled on one I would later regret, and we, with a few raised voices and angry looks, got in the van and on the road.
While the kids did pretty good, there were definitely some moments of me angrily telling them to smile and then faking a happy family moment.
I had to laugh at some of the photos when we got them back. Our photographer was so skilled, I almost forgot some of the memories that went with them.
Like this one where Amayah sassily (is that a word?) said to Eli “MY BALL!” and ran away with it.
Or trying to get a nice anniversary picture, looking at each other, paranoid that the kids were running toward the giant “bath”.
And even though Eli started to get grumpy here because he was hungry, that kiss still holds every bit of my love.
How we really are with three kids…
Even if it took a little work to get there, a bit of outfit regret, and a few extra pounds I would have liked to go without, I am so thankful to have captured these memories of my family, because they really are growing up extremely fast.
A big thank you Sarahlynn Photography for all her hard work making our chaos look beautiful!
Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift?
the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?
Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows
are the children of a vigorous youth.
Oh, how blessed are you parents,
with your quivers full of children!
Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you;
you’ll sweep them right off your doorstep.
Psalm 127:3-5 MSG