Let's face it. Meltdowns are usually not much fun. Drool does make a mess. Most Dads I've met love to throw their sons up in the air because it's how they can get them to belly laugh and that usually doesn't sit well with moms. Toddlers need extra attention and actually...they typically demand it. And it's hard to be enough for everyone in the family at the same time when the baby is crying, the toddler is tantrum-ing and both parents are just ready for a break.

Life with babies and toddlers are stressful, tiring and full of moments when we think we may not make it to tomorrow. Being on the other side of that stage in life, I can tell you this...don't wish it away. Don't miss all the beauty in the chaos. It's a little difficult to manage some days, sure. But these days are rich. Enjoy the reality of where you are with your kids and family and smile. 

A wise friend once told me, "I just keep reminding myself, I'm gonna miss this". Having that perspective in the midst of the chaos creates joy and gratitude for the moment. We can all use a healthy dose of that! 



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Okay, now. You'll notice there are not one but TWO new additions to the family. Creed joined the family in January last year, then we welcomed baby Everson just a few short months ago in April. If you missed it and you're the cyber nosy type, have a peek at Creed's first year of life by clicking here. Not to worry...Everson's will be ready soon enough. She's 3 months old as I'm posting this. 

The decision to adopt is bold, scary, brave, exciting, nerve-racking, an emotional roller coaster, momentous, fulfilling, hard, stressful and filled with all sorts of happiness. I've witnessed this family going through both adoptions and it has brought me to the conclusion that adopting is so crazy similar to deciding to have a baby. The emotions, anticipation and planning are all relatively the same...well, not the same but they weigh out the same. Does that make sense? The thing about adoption is...it gives a little life hope. A chance. An opportunity to be surrounded with a family who wants to love them on purpose and bring them up in a home where they can have opportunities. 

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I'm one lucky cookie. I've had the honor and sheer delight of photographing this family since Cooper was a just a little fella. It thrills me to help him welcome his baby brother Turner to the family. 


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Some precious friends from Cleveland drive up for a session in our neighbors back yard. Sweet little munchkins!!!

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The Walkers had twins!!!! I've had the sheer pleasure of photographing this family since Charlie was a newborn. Now, they've expanded their precious crew from 3 to 5 in one fell swoop! There is not a mom alive who is as well suited to have twins as this little lady. She's an incredible mommy...so much patience and love to give. I could use some of that in my parenting...wish it was transferrable! 


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