So I have to admit something today that I have wanted to deny for quite some time. My oldest son, Noah, is an adult. Not quite an adult at the time I create this blog post..but at 10:28PM, it is totally official.

An ADULT.

I know every parent says many times while raising children that time goes by quickly. But I am being thrown for a loop right now at how insanely fast this all went.

Noah came into the lives of my husband Andrew and I when I wasn’t prepared at all for him. I was 20 and trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life. I think back at that time and while it was scary, it was the most momentous thing I have ever experienced.

Raising Noah, I have experienced, as most moms do, so much fear. Let’s face it, being a mom is hard. But being a mom is such a GIFT. I am truly so proud to be Noah’s mom. Certainly I have those days where I want to scream and yell and him (and yes..there are days that I do..) but the bottom line is, I am proud of him. And thrilled that I have been given the opportunity to raise him.

Noah has brought our family so much. He first and foremost taught me what it means to unconditionally love someone.  He has blossomed into someone that has a strong faith in God and in others.

Noah is a lover of great clothes, hanging out with friends, popcorn, Netflix, church group, snowboarding and eating plenty of cheeseburgers and Milio’s. He has a huge heart..I mean..I could go on and on.

I love you, Noah. This next year is going to bring you some amazing adventures. I can’t wait to see where life takes you.

 

 

 

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Maudie’s session was one I have been so excited to share ever since I saw the images downloading. She was such a gem to photograph. Natural in front of the camera and I just loved all of the expressions I was able to capture because of this. When her mom texted to tell me she was “speechless” after she  had viewed them, I knew she felt the same way. The light the evening of our session was glorious and we had so much fun combining her special dress with a flower headpiece and her favorite boots.

I think these First Communion sessions are so valuable. And something about these beautiful dresses and the time in these young girls’ lives makes these images even more timeless and special.Maudie2Maudie3Maudie4Maudie5Maudie6MaudieFB1

 

 

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I just love when I get the opportunity to photograph First Communion Sessions. It’s such a special time in a child’s life and one I feel is so valuable to have documented with a session. Campbell has such a beautiful, spunky spirit that I feel shines through in these photos.  Her mom incorporated sentimental items as well which adds even more character to the images.

 

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So I have to start my new blog off somewhere. It truly is a goal of mine to keep this baby updated. I have pretty much failed miserably at keeping up with a blog in the past, but I love challenges!

So this little lady has been sick sick sick for the past two weeks. She just can’t kick it. She is normally such a spark of life..constantly dancing, laughing and talking. Did I mention talking? And dancing? She seems to be on the mend now but I will be so happy when her spark is back.

 

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Considering I am sitting at my desk watching SNOW fall, I thought I would torture myself and look through my photos from Florida. Totally kidding..but I miss the weather, the smell of the ocean, the sun on my face, the kids’ laughing as they jump the waves, building sandcastles, running on the beach, being together. I miss it..already.

We are lovers of the beach. Paige sat and built sand castles for hours. Elliot loved to dig deep holes until he hit water..and Noah loved looking for dolphins and other fish. Unfortunately, we never saw dolphins but a huge shark was spotted right where we swam most days. Yikes.

I realize I have more photos of Paige than anyone else..but can you blame me? Her bum..and her pout..happen to be the cutest.

On the deck with her brother..

Noah is just getting to be so mature looking..but don’t let it fool you. Thirteen year old BRAIN with a bit of attitude thrown in big time! And yes, I realize that both of my boys need haircuts. They were rockin’ beach hair all week..

And my sweet Elliot. He has a heart of gold..

A few more on the beach. The weather was perfect the entire time we were there. Ocean was warm so we spent hours swimming in it, looking for shells and throwing footballs.

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