A precious photographer friend encouraged myself and several other photog friends to capture our own children more. So tonight after church, I was way too tired and almost put it off til I could get better light or cleaner space… however, My mom was always really good about letting our bedrooms be our own space. I am pretty lenient on how messy their rooms are because they do have to share so much with each other. So here is my middle girl in her messy messy room If I had cleaned it for the pic, it wouldn’t be real life.
We took Ilana to the Physical Medicine doctor yesterday for what we hoped would be her final check up…her ‘you are free to do whatever you want’ appt. She is doing exceptionally well with her headaches even though she had a doozy of one back a couple weeks ago that landed her in the ER. She’s not had one since! Thank God! And she is at 80% prescription level with her hearing aid, but will get bumped to 90% in November and 100% in January. She is adjusting to that so well and is excited to wear it. Her balance however wasn’t much improved from the last time we saw this amazing doctor who we LOVE (Dr. Christian Niedzwecki – he is such a phenomenal person and has made Ilana feel nothing but loved – if you know him, please tell him how awesome we think he is). He always tests her reflexes and balance and as long as she can offset one foot while putting one right behind the other, she can stand pretty much wobble free, however as soon as she lines her feet up perfectly, she becomes a wiggle worm and can’t maintain balance. Same thing happens when she looks up at the ceiling while trying to stand on one foot. There is a condition where the labyrinth in the inner ear wears thin and fluid can leak out causing one to be extremely dizzy all the time. Hers did not wear thin, however it was fractured and some of the fluid leaked out causing some imbalance. From all that we were told and all that we have read, it is a serious miracle that she isn’t completely dizzy all the time. So…I suppose not getting the ‘all clear’ isn’t all that terrible. She was disappointed that she will not be able to do the bungee/trampoline thing at her school’s fall festival. As if I was going to let her anyway…haha
Baby C ~ It was an honor to capture this sweet baby boy’s birth as well as his newborn photos. His parents are precious! And his Mama is extremely talented… His Mama hand painted pages of Dr. Seuss books all over his nursery. It is such a fun room. I can just imagine all the places he will go in that room!
I was blessed to host a photography workshop back in April for the very talented Audrey Woulard out of Chicago. All who attended the workshop were women, and almost all of them were from the Houston area. Well, we just clicked – no pun intended… Seriously, it was one of the best things that happened to me as far as my business goes. This workshop was about a month after our daughter’s accident and I was really evaluating why I work, why I chose photography and there were some things I wanted to change. Mainly, the hours that I work because in an instant, my time became more valuable. See, the morning of the accident, March 14th, I had been editing. We were on family vacation and I had gotten up early to WORK. I think the thing that haunts me the most is the fact that I didn’t get up and cook the kids breakfast and then go ‘play’ with them outside. Granted, I have teens and preteens so playing wasn’t matchbox cars or barbies… ‘playing’ was the rope swing and riding the Polaris. FUN STUFF. I’m not a big what if person but I do wonder what if my sweet girl had died that day from her head injuries instead of just spending a week at Texas Childrens and losing her hearing in one ear. And the reason that is such a big what if is because leading up to that day, I had this terrible habit of working all day long, everyday. I had worked so many hours leading up to the accident that I had hardly seen my kids unless they passed in front of me while I had my head buried in my computer. It’s true… Not proud of it, but it’s true. If my precious, freckle-faced baby girl, my grand finale had slipped away into eternity that afternoon, I would have had a really hard time forgiving myself for putting my work above her and her amazing brother and sisters. So…this workshop and the ladies who attended, were a breath of fresh air for me. A gift from God just when I needed it. They have each taught me so much. And it was an absolute honor to be mentioned in this article by the one and only Bonnie from Two Birds Photography. What a blessing Neha, Kim, Nikki, Brooke, Melanie, Tori, Beth, Heidi, Jennifer, & Bonnie are to my life, more than just in photography, but in the way they challenge me to be a better person, a better wife, a better mom, a better friend… It is such an honor for me to be noted in the same category as these amazing, talented, giving women.
Being in Ministry, we haven’t lived near family since we got married except for a brief time right about the time our son was born 17+ years ago when we lived in Virginia Beach and my Dad and Stepmom (best stepmom ever btw) lived in Hampton, Va which was practically next door even though you had to drive across a bridge that had a tunnel under the ocean to get there. It was awesome having family close by. Then we moved to Alabama. And about a year after we’d been there, my sister moved there. About 18 months later, we both moved from there… but during the time we lived near each other, My 2nd child and her first were born. I was in the delivery room with her when her 1st was born. Caleb. Caleb Asher. I have loved this kid since before I ever saw him. He is fiesty, sarcastic, he used to be rambunctious but has pretty much grown out of that (THANK GOD – all you moms of boys ranging from 6-12 know why I say THANK GOD), he is the most artistic kid I’ve ever been around. He can pick up a pencil and draw just about anything and it looks like it’s supposed to.
My Sister and her kids are all living a couple miles from us and I am having the time of my life watching her kids live life alongside of my kids. Cousins. This is how life is supposed to be! Caleb Asher turned 13 on Oct 1st and it was so great to get to celebrate with him…IN PERSON
And of course Uh-Feddy (Uncle Freddy) is totally wrapped around baby sister’s finger..