Her middle name is Joy, and from pretty much the first month she was born, that’s 100% all this girl has ever been to everyone — trust me, ask anyone. 💫 At just 19 weeks into her pregnancy, Lindsay & TJ had the scare of their lives when their precious little girl almost arrived too soon. God is so good by placing them in the doctor’s office at the right time, and after surgery and continued bed rest, baby-girl is safe, growing and Lindsay is almost 30 weeks! We are praising God for the protection and growth He has given this baby. 🙌🏻 Yesterday Lindsay got to go out in a wheelchair for her first baby shower. (She only stood for a minute for this pic!) what a beautiful expression of love from the ladies of RBC. My heart was blessed seeing the way they loved on my girl! 👧🏽 This time has not been easy and there have been days that have been very difficult. But I’m so proud of how Lindsay looks to Jesus to strengthen her, grow her and give her the joy she always finds even on the hardest days. She encourages me! 🙌🏻 When Lindsay & TJ were first married, and Mark and I were on a double date with them we had a brief conversation about what we might like to be called if we ever were blessed with grandchildren. I wasn’t too fond of being called “grandma” so we needed to come up with something a little younger sounding 😉😂. Together we decided I’d be Lolli, He’d be Pop. Lollipop. 🍭 I’d give anything to have him here for this season. He couldn’t wait to be a Pop. And he would have been the best. Like everything, it’s bittersweet, and I work through the bitter part with Jesus. But I also know there will be absolutely beautiful moments and days ahead full of joy and I wait with eager anticipation for them! Baby girl is already loved so much by this Lolli. And I definitely know Pop loves her too. 🍭 #blessed
They laughed together, had fun, shared special moments together and made memories. That’s what engagement sessions are all about! Valerie & Travis are so much fun and I loved getting to know them better the other night as we captured some beautiful moments that reflect their personality and tell their unique love story. Engagement Sessions are included in all my Wedding Collections so that on wedding day, we’ve already worked together, you’re comfortable in front of the camera, and you can just relax, enjoy your day and trust that I’ll take AMAZING photos and THE BEST care of you! #rljweddings
Happy 22nd birthday, Alex! God is so good!! You have been a constant joy to me and our family since the day you were born! You have been through so much and so many trials in your young life, but I’m so thankful for how you’ve allowed it all to shape you into who you are today. I’m so proud of the man you have become and I know God has big plans to continue to use you for His glory! I love your heart, the long talks we have late into the night, the laughter you bring DAILY to our family, and the love you have for Jesus. You make me one very proud momma and I thank God for you! Happy Birthday! I love you!
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. I love the pure simplicity of this day. Thankfulness. That’s it. No bunnies, Santa’s, colored eggs, gifts to buy, no pressure, no chaos. Just a day to focus on the heart, surrounded by the people we love. The simplicity keeps the focus where it should be. I love that. 🦃 Last Thanksgiving I was in a fog and I don’t remember much. But this year, I’m so thankful I’m in a fresh place. This past year and a half has been filled with so much agony and tears but the amazing part is that it was not without a great deal of joy as well! I’ve learned that deep sorrow and sweet joy can reside together at the same time in my heart. 💕 Jesus whispers reminders of his goodness daily and I’m so thankful for His presence in my life. Yesterday Asher came up to me and said, “Mommy, there’s a burp stuck in my neck that won’t come out!” So, I grabbed him, hugged him tight and we laughed as I hugged his burp right out of him. Then he asked for my help again three more times, and at this point it became a game. He loved getting squeezed and we both needed the hug and joy of laughing together. WHAT. A. BLESSING! I know his presence in my life is completely God’s plan. I’m so thankful God is in control and I’m not. JOY. 🙌🏻 I decided to make some changes to our home this year for many reasons, but the main reason is because I felt like a fresh perspective on all fronts was healthy...internally and externally. I’m calling it “Renovation of heart and home”. Change isn’t easy, and I cried when the painters started painting our bedroom...Mark had it redone as a gift to me back in 2006 and I loved it. But it was time. Moving forward is healthy and it’s given me a fresh perspective. I’ve put reminders everywhere of where my focus should be. It’s beautiful and so encouraging. I’m so thankful for my home, my beautiful children and the abundant love it contains. AND...in just a few short months, Lord willing, my first grandchild will be born! God is so good! I cannot wait to make new beautiful memories with her and our growing family within these walls. God is good, y’all. Thank YOU for being in my life! Happy Thanksgiving to you!
It’s a beautiful wedding day for Tempress & Tuoyo! Congrats guys! I’m so happy for y’all and can’t wait to celebrate with you! #rljweddings
With Thanksgiving a week away, I’ve thought a lot about the friendships and relationships I’ve been so blessed to have in my life with some incredible people. Especially this past year. Friends who have offered comfort, a listening ear, or a shoulder to cry on— these are HUGE blessings and I am so grateful for each one. Take time with me to reach out to those in your life who have been key in your growth this year. Friends who point us to Jesus, love us when we’ve not got a whole lot to give back, and walk in grace with us are rare treasures. Tell them. #blessedfriday
“...these are a few of my favorite things...” More gorgeous details and some incredibly precious moments from Natasha & Chad’s wedding are featured on the blog! What an honor it is for me that I get to journey with the many amazing couples I’m blessed to work with! #rljweddings
Every once in a while, when the mood is just right, I let a little haze sneak into my lens. This one was screaming for it and I love the result. #rljphotofamilies