When your family expands by 4 feet, you have to share the good news!
Hi Frankie! Welcome to the family!! Your brother, Steve, is really excited you're here.
No... Really... He is happy you're here.
Okay... I guess it's time to be normal... I was just having so much fun with Frankie and Steve and cracking myself up at puppy sibling rivalry. But seriously, how stinkin' cute are these pups and their parents?!! When I saw that my friends, Lauren & Rob were getting a new pup, I had to get photos!! I had visions of wrapping Frankie up like a new baby but... she had other ideas. Enjoy the photos! We could all use sweet & smiling pups these days!
I'm seriously a wedding nerd. I love every bit of weddings. I love the little bits of nervousness right before the ceremony. I love the hush of the guests when the bride is finally in view. I love the slide of the rings onto their fingers, the kiss, the giddy looks on their faces after being pronounced. The way they're dying to kiss during all their portraits. The way the parents beam with pride, the sentimental tears and the the looks on people's faces as they fight back the tears. I love wedding cake, sparkly rings, dancing and the laughter of a packed dance floor. I love it all.
And this wedding had it all.
Congratulations to Erica and Jackson! Thank you so much for choosing me!
I'm guessing we met Cole's family shortly after we moved to Dublin. They are just one of those families... They're fun. They're good people. They have great kids. They're just the kind of people you're glad to know. Over the years, I've photographed them---mostly at swim meets because our kiddos all swam together until this year. Cole and my son, Aidan, played soccer together. Nothing like sideline bonding among parents. ;)
Cole is an awesome kid. To see him at swimming, playing with and mentoring the little swimmers tells me his chosen field of teaching will be absolutely perfect for him. I have no doubt he'll be a great teacher. We only did a quick session and will do more later but I truly enjoyed our time together and I look forward to taking more photos again soon.
(Pardon the iphone photo) When I got home, I found that the box wasn't empty. It turned out there were two trays. The visible one was empty. The hidden tray was quite full.
I love family photos. And they don't have to be of my family. I love that moments get captured and kept forever so you can bet I looked at every one of those slides. I loved seeing the photos of our local high school homecoming. I was sure someone had accidentally donated their precious memories and I knew I couldn't just get rid of them. I held onto them. I called our school district to see if they could help me but as fascinated as the person on the other end of the phone was, I never got a return phone call. I made a few other calls but nothing panned out. I put this beautiful box on my shelf. It sat there until today.
For whatever reason, this afternoon I realized that the internet might be able to help me solve the mystery of who this family is and help me reunite the photos with their rightful owners. I scanned a few dozen of the photos and created a facebook post. And that's where things get crazy---like this world is REALLY small kind of crazy. I
have this gorgeous, funny, smart awesome friend named Stacey who I adore and who (wisely) is not addicted to social media. She moved from our little town of Dublin to Southern California a few years ago. Of all days to decide to see what's going on in Facebook world, she chose today. I wasn't on her news feed. She saw that I liked a mutual friend's photo and clicked on my name to see what I've been up to. She saw this post about the mystery family---a mere fourteen minutes after I posted it. People... SHE KNEW WHO IT WAS!!! I had goosebumps on my goosebumps!
Can you believe it?!! I mean. Really... What are the odds that the mystery family and I have a mutual friend? She went to middle school with one of the young men in the photos. His name is Tom. She called me and we conspired about how to let this family know we have these photos. She found Tom on facebook. She tagged friends who knew him. I tagged him in the post and I sent him a message on LinkedIn with my phone number. Within another 20 minutes, he knew about the photos and we were talking on the phone.
He was as blown away as we were. Turns out, he moved from Dublin to California, too. He only lives a short distance from where Stacey does now!!! His parents had downsized from their family home and as we all know, downsizing means donating... to Goodwill... for me to find... and after 3.5 years.... to give back to them. His parents are less than 3 miles from my home. I am meeting them in a few days to return their slides to them.
This is just a handful of the nearly 300 slides contained in that tray. I love the stories: family get togethers, school functions, the sports, the love... Honestly, it just really makes a heart happy. Apparently, a lot of people agree. Our local news channel heard the story and shared it on their website. How wonderful to see good news being shared.
See the story HERE.
I hope this made your heart as happy as it did mine. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Happy Easter!
Can we talk for a minute about babies? I mean... Tiny humans are one of my absolute favorite things! Honestly, if things had gone my way, I'm sure I'd have had at least one more, maybe 2... I think Andy's a bit relieved that we stopped at three.
Babies are just the best... I find being around babies to be a big stress reliever and I like to consider myself a bit of a baby whisperer. So.... when I got the chance to hang out with baby Micah, I was on cloud nine!! I mean... LOOK at him!! Could he be more gorgeous?!! And he was an angel!! I predict a supermodel career for this handsome little man. BIG congratulations to his parents and I can't wait to hang out with him again!!