Another Gift

          The day I was hiking alone,

the day the papers were signed,

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That day we received another gift


A gift of the Lord’s timing


kids-edit-weband a gift of a man using his talents to bless others.


The beautiful photos came with an apologyfam-at-door-edit-web

something like

“I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get these to you”


To which we laughed.


Because it couldn’t have been more perfect.


Beautiful pictures to use when telling the story of our family,


On the very day we knew it would be forever.


Our God gives good gifts.



When I was claiming the promise of family for our three bonus kiddos this fall, part of it was having family pictures made.  We’ve had pictures made of the 9 of us before, but this was a bit more vulnerable.  These were FAMILY pictures.  So, even though we have amazing photographers in our family, we decided to use someone we didn’t know well for these pictures.  We used Chad Brackeen photography because of several connections (go Wildcats), but mostly because he has 2 boys plus a bonus son.  My gut said this would make him great with our crew.  And we were so right!  He called me the night before and gently reminded me that he was sure my kids were very well behaved so there was no reason to prove it during pictures, we could just have fun.  And we did (well, as much as a typeA accountant mom can).  He let the kids participate, ask questions, touch equipment.  While the results totally speak for themselves, it really is the picture taking experience that would lead me to highly recommend him for family photographs. If you are clamoring for more (hi to our parents), here is a link to the preview video Chad made of all the proofs.

Updated: January 5, 2017 — 7:03 pm

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  1. Amazing photos! Everybody looks so happy, natural, and relaxed. Great Job! Love to all of you, Mary (Nana)

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