Meet My Family!

Now that I’ve told you a little about myself I thought it would be fun to introduce you to the people who are my “why” – my family.

I was a late bloomer, you could say. Getting married for the first time at 35 years old. After years of infertility struggles I found myself divorced at 39 and figured the window for me being a momma had pretty much closed.

Then I met Dustin and we had a whirlwind romance. And I mean it when I say whirlwind!! We found out we were expecting our first child about a month after we met! Although this sounds crazy to some, it wasn’t to us! We knew the time we had for children was limited and we didn’t want to miss the opportunity.

Henry came 9 months later, give or take. He is now a whip smart, funny, very active 7 year old. He loves cars. LOVES cars. He knows more about cars than I will ever know. He is affectionate and sensitive. He loves cats and still loves cuddles from his momma which I will never take for granted.

Henry is also autistic. He was diagnosed around 2 years old. He goes to a regular First Grade class and he really excels in school. He has a few struggles with social interactions but more than anything he’s just a typical kid. Who knows a lot about cars.

When Henry was about 9 months old we were surprised with a second pregnancy. You might be thinking… ‘well, that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise’… but given my struggles with fertility in the past, and my age, we really didn’t count on being blessed with another precious babe. But here we were, and when I was about 12 weeks along I had an NIPT test and found out she would be born with Down syndrome. I could write an entire blog post on my feelings about that- and maybe I will sometime! But let’s just say we decided to embrace it- and her.

Lucie is now 5 years old and in kindergarten. I like to say that she is the best gift I never knew I needed. She has blessed my life in ways that are hard to even explain, and I wouldn’t change a thing about her. Not one chromosome.

She is sassy, funny, incredibly empathetic and smart. Lucie does Brand Rep Modeling so she is pretty used to being in front of my camera. That’s not to say that she is always cooperative… but she does ask for her pictures to be taken sometimes! She knows when she looks cute!

Dustin and I just celebrated 8 years of being together, and our 7 year wedding anniversary is coming up in a few weeks. I’m not going to pretend that we haven’t had a rocky road at times, but we’re still together, we’re still a family and we’re still fighting for each other. We make a pretty good team!

March 21st aka World Down Syndrome Day

March 21st is one of my favorite days of the year. This is the day we celebrate Down syndrome. My social media feeds are filled with beautiful faces with big, bright smiles and almond eyes. Mommas are out in numbers educating and advocating. It’s just a day to celebrate everything that makes my girl lovely and unique.

I never thought this was a club that I would be excited to be a part of. In fact I would have turned it down without a second thought. But sometimes life knows what you need more than you do. And I was given the best gift I didn’t know I really needed.

Having Lucie has given me a tight knit community of friends and warrior mommas. I will never be alone again. She has opened my eyes to acceptance of all kinds of differences- and the ability to see the beauty in all of it. She has helped me to slow down and enjoy the moment. True mindfulness, which we now know is a key component of a healthy and happy life. She has shown me grace, strength, patience and pure unadulterated joy.

I used to look at moms like me with pity. Now I feel sad for families that don’t get to experience the blessings that I have each and every day. Is it hard some days? YES. No doubt. But is it worth it? What do you think?

Family Session in the Outdoors

Family sessions can be a lot of fun. I like to cater and adapt my session to fit the needs of the family I am shooting that day. We can shoot lifestyle, more formal or somewhere in between. I like to provide individual portraits and small groupings as well as the large groups. It’s all included. And you always get all your edited images in an online gallery where you can download to your favorite devices.

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