My first portrait session was about 12 years ago – an engagement session for this couple. Now they live across the country and have three kids who are growing up way too fast. But when they’re back home visiting family, I always love catching up and taking their photos. I was honored to shoot these in the church where they got married!
He is risen, indeed! It’s another cold Easter for this books – this may be the coldest I can remember. I’m happy we celebrated with family yesterday with a nice meal, Easter egg hunts, and our church’s Saturday Easter service. The cold front started coming in yesterday afternoon…today, it is sleeting!
This past weekend was packed with Easter fun! We discovered Lil’ Miss K loves the Easter bunny 10 times over Santa Clause (who she was afraid of). When she saw him at the egg hunt, she ran up to him waving and saying, “Hiii!! It’s me!!” She showed him her most prized possession (her baby), gave him a hug, and posed for photos. (Is this my girl??)
Sunday morning, Lil’ Miss K hunted some eggs before we rushed around to make it to church. Since we just moved, we tried out a new church. We really enjoyed the service, but we sure missed our pastor and friends. Afterward, we hosted our first official meal in our new house. For the first time in several years, the weather on Easter was beautiful – so we thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Lil’ Miss K was hesitant to parade down the aisle for Palm Sunday in front of the entire congregation, but by the end of church and Sunday school yesterday, she couldn’t stop dancing around with her palm. She even told us how Jesus rode on a donkey and people laid down their palms for him. I love this girl and her enthusiasm and eagerness to learn.
This little girl is growing up way too fast. She’s a ball of energy with a lot of sass and a lot to say. She couldn’t be any cuter! I’ve had the pleasure of taking her photos since she was an infant, so I love looking back to see how she’s changed. Since she has a late fall birthday, we utilized our newly remodeled church, which has great natural light.
This past Sunday was a special day for a special couple. Our worship leader pulled me aside about a week ago, asking if I could bring my camera to church on Sunday. Of course! At the end of the service, he announced his girlfriend’s birthday (also in the praise band) and started singing, “I wanna grow old with you” from The Wedding Singer. By the time he got down on one knee, I’m pretty sure the entire congregation was in tears. I’m so happy I got to take part in such a memorable moment.
Sunday mornings with Baby K are the best. She has been sleeping until about 9 a.m., so on Sundays I get to wake her up for a change – to get ready for church. I love opening her curtains, singing to her, and watching her stretch, squeak, and squirm, as if to say, “I’m not ready to wake up yet, Mom!” Once her eyes open she’s full of smiles. This weekend my sister and nephew got to witness this highlight of my week.
I told myself I would only post ONE photo per week for my Project 52 this year. But I just can’t help it. We were so busy spending time with my family and my in-laws, that I want to share a piece of that with you. So here’s a glimpse of our very busy Easter weekend. Which photo is your favorite?
Yesterday evening my church hosted a Ladies Christmas Tea for over 450 women. I’m not used to doing much of anything elegant, but it was fun to look at the fancy table settings, sip tea with other ladies, sing carols, and listen to an inspirational speaker. (KMBC 9’s Lora Moritz, who is pretty well-known in Kansas City.) The desserts at our table were incredible, as was the message of hope – don’t you wish you had been there?
Last but certainly not least in my seven days of thankfulness: I’m grateful for the Lord. Thank you for forgiving me of my sins even when I don’t deserve it. It’s an important lesson to remember this time of year, a lesson that’s easily forgotten in the chaos of holiday shopping, meal planning, work parties, and family tiffs. Let’s not forget what it’s all about.