it’s quite the emotional day, isn’t it, this thing we call mother’s day? for one woman it brings excitement, free facials, and breakfast in bed while for another, the wait or the hurt of the other 364 days of the year is magnified to the point of taking her breath away. with those women in mind – as well as […]
i’d had these weird, competing emotions leading up to thanksgiving this year. on one hand, i was thrilled because i knew we’d be surrounded by dear family (it helps that they’re all really good cooks, and really, who doesn’t love a plate full of dressing and butter-injected turkey?). i had also looked forward to the day […]
i stood in the middle of that large worship room – the very one in which we’d recently held the service to celebrate ava’s life – and felt the familiar welling of hot tears as i learned what she was walking through with her unborn baby. the mutual friend who was sharing the story […]
on october 19, 2015, my husband and i flew back to birmingham from shooting a most swoon-worthy wedding. caroline and henry got married in paris and a little dream of mine came true as they asked me to join them for their time in france.
eleven days later, on october 30, we […]
we left the funeral home just after ten. the sun was bright and the air was warm. just as we’ve done many times before, josh and i sat in the front seat of the car while ava rested quietly behind us. this time, though, she wasn’t strapped into her car seat or wearing a colorful […]
we’re asked by precious friends, family, and even strangers every day how we’re doing, and i always struggle to find the answer to that question. the reality of this journey is that it’s wrought with both overwhelming joy and immense sorrow; to be honest, the weight of all we’re facing and what’s to come would be […]
we had had the sweetest, most spectacular time together shooting caroline and henry’s wedding, exploring centuries old palaces and cathedrals, and roaming the narrow streets of paris hand in hand like we did back when we strolled around samford’s campus all those years ago. with our 15th wedding anniversary under our belts, we were looking ahead to […]
the skies were dark with rain and loud with thunder, but when i snuck in the front door of their house yesterday, the atmosphere in their home couldn’t have been any more different. peace and warmth surrounded my every step, and the smell of sweet lavender filled the air.
my phone buzzed and when i pulled it out out of my pocket, a big smile found its way to my face. you see, she was letting me in on a little secret that almost no one else knew. their family of three would soon grow to four, and since i’d been with them for […]
she was just days away from her due date and she was so ready to hold her baby in her arms rather than her tummy. so when her text came through on tuesday night that she was having regular contractions, i went to bed with my phone right by my head and turned all the […]