I could choose to keep this post lighthearted, but I’m not going to.
Life doesn’t always go the way you think it will. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work out and that all is lost.
Many of you know my nephew Trev and my niece Leah. You know what stellar people they are. I am so, so proud of them. But, the fact that they are stellar people has nothing to do with me.
When depression hits a family, it is devastating. My sister has suffered, and by suffered, I’m not exaggerating. For about the last 15 years, she has battled it hardcore.
Through the years, she has lost much. She has lost years of daily contact with her beautiful, talented children.
That alone is beyond my imagination. But, even in her misery, she always only wanted what was best for them.
That is where the Lord has honored her desire. They have had a Dad who has always been there.
Alan and I have had many experiences over the years and neither of us is perfect, but I know that we have both always been on the same page about the kids.
I love them like my own. I was there when they came into the world and immediately bonded with them.
They were my cure for midlife baby fever!
I had the freedom to love on them without boundaries.
Thus my high emotions as I look at how grownup they are.
Now, Christine is in their lives, as their stepmom. She is above and beyond wonderful to them. She is an awesome role model, mom, friend and support for them and for that, I am SO grateful.
I was honored to photograph their family.
Christine suggested this photo for Jordan and Maddie’s mom. That’s pretty amazing too. I can’t believe how tall Jordan is…and cute too! Maddie has grown up so much since the last time I had seen her as well. They’re awesome kids.
So thankful for this family!