Thursday, August 29, 2013

jen+kevin+nolan+lucas

recently, my friend jen asked me to photograph her family. her youngest son, lucas, was turning one and she also wanted to get some shots of both her boys together as well as the entire family. 

we headed out to holcomb gardens on butler university's campus one evening. the weather was PERFECT and we were able to play around in the garden for about an hour before the natives got restless! it was past dinner time, so i don't blame the natives.

jen and her husband, kevin, met while working at oaklawn psychiatric center in goshen, indiana. kevin was a therapist at oaklawn and jen was a unit supervisor. (fun fact, i also worked at oaklawn for a couple of years while living in goshen and going to goshen college.....i worked on the adult units while i believe kevin and jen worked on the children's units. i didn't know they worked there until i asked them how they met for this blog entry...small world!)


nolan is jen and kevin's oldest son. he was on the go from the moment he stepped out of the car. this little guy has tons of energy! but when you get him to sit still, you can capture a moment like this....
those blue eyes, ah!

lucas, the big one year old! i'm in love with his ginger hair! how could you not be in love with a red head? (for those of you that don't know, i'm a red head...not naturally but shhhhh, that's our little secret!)
when lucas would get excited he would open his mouth wide! what a cutie!

due to wiggly little boys, we weren't able to finish up our shoot in one day. we met up again and finished up. you just never know how things are going to play out with kids this small. it's a lot to ask them to sit still and smile pretty for the camera....most adults don't like to do it for very long. but it's all worth it when you end up with great memories of this part of your journey as a family!

races were one way we found to burn off some of that extra energy!

bringing along a toy to keep little hands busy is another way!

and then, in the midst of it all, you capture a tender moment between brothers

or between mom and son

or dad and baby


and those my friends, are the moments that we will look back on and cherish for many years to come! thank you myers family for allowing me to have a little peek into your family!

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5 words to describe each person in your family

kevin-easy going, dave matthews band and craft beer lover, passionate bbqer, chicago sports fan
jen-nurturing, list maker/organizer, leader, compassionate, family oriented
nolan-creative, energetic, relentless, enthusiastic, opinionated
lucas-happy, playful, feisty, curious, cuddly

what are your favorite things to do as a family?
travel, visit places in our city and eat ice cream








Sunday, August 18, 2013

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Belated Happy Birthday Herb!

I was so busy preparing for our month of birthday madness, that I forgot a birthday last month to an important member of our family. 

Herbie celebrated his 8th birthday sometime in July. (We don't know the exact date since he and his siblings and mama just showed up at an animal rescue one day.)

But ANYWAY, Happy Birthday Herb Dog! We love you!


"A dog is not only man's best friend. But he's also a protector, a defender, a ferocious friend in need - indeed!" -Sally Brown 

And this song is dedicated to Herberto.......


Herb, you're my man of the hour!


Dearest Evelyn and Dearest June

Dearest Evelyn,

You get your letter first because you were born before your sister, so your birthday comes first, right? Last night at 5:27pm, you became 1 year old. I can't believe that a year ago I was in the hospital holding my brand new baby girls.

You looked just like your Daddy. You had a head full of hair and red wrinkled skin. You were just a tiny little thing. I could already tell that you were going to be the little firecracker! Boy was I right about that one!

The past year has been a challenge and adjustment for our family. You and your sister have consumed most of our time. It seems we are always feed you, bathing you, changing your diaper, rocking you to sleep, keeping you out of things...and so on and so on. But I wouldn't change a single thing, no way! All those sleepless nights and all those stinky diapers were totally worth it! This year has been amazing and that has a lot to do with you and your sister.

I love all your spunk. I love your determination. I love that you aren't afraid to try new things. I love your babbling. I love your funny crawl. I love your wavy blonde hair. I love the twinkle in your blue eyes. I love that you laugh at everything. I love when you "woof" at Herbie. I love that you think that Myrtle Cat goes "woof"too.

Evie, I hope that you know Mommy, Daddy and Georgia love you and June so much. I can't wait to watch you grow in the coming days, weeks, months and years. I'm blessed to be your mother.

Love Always,
Mama

Dearest June,

June, Junie, Juniper, June Bug....you get your letter second. And well, you know why. You are going to hear that for the rest of your life. I'm sure that Evie is going to hold it over your head that she is a whopping 5 minutes older than you. You just better get used to it now!

I've grown richer just by having you in my life. You bring so much joy and love to me. I hope that you can feel how much I love you. And like I told Evie, you are totally worth all of those sleepless nights and stinky diapers!

I love that you are cautious. You don't just jump right in and do something. You take time to figure out how to do it. You were that way with crawling. You tried and tried until you got it! And now you are learning how to walk. I think that Evie might take her first steps before you, but you will be right on her coat tails!

You are such a smiley girl! Sometimes it's just a shy little smile usually followed by burying your head in my shoulder and other times it's a big toothy grin with giggles and squeals! Either way is cute and either way makes my day!

I hope you always know that I love you no matter what. You are my sweet baby girl and I will always treasure the time that I get to be with you. And now sweetheart, as you enter age 1, my wish for you is that you grow happy and healthy.

Love Always,
Mama

















Friday, August 9, 2013

georgia in photos

the first 6 years



Another Birthday

Dear Georgia,

It's your BIRTHDAY! Another year has passed since you came into our lives and made me a Mama. So much has changed since last year.... two big changes have been that you now have one year of school under your belt and your sisters were born. What a year it has been. 

Although those have been big changes for us since last year the biggest changes that have happened have been in you....I love seeing how you have grown and changed since last year. Your love for learning has blossomed! You are reading like a champ! And you must get your love of numbers from your Dad and Grandpa Lichti because I know it doesn't come from me :) And while I always knew that you were a caring little girl, that has become more evident since your sisters were born. While, I do still have to remind you every now and then to be gentle, but the love you have for your baby sisters makes my heart overflow!

Can I just say that I can't believe that you are 6. It just doesn't seem possible. I can remember very clearly the day you were born......I had been in labor for about 29 1/2 hours so it's no wonder that I remember it well. The first time I saw you, you took my breath away. All of your long, think, jet black hair and your chubby cheeks stole my heart immediately. I was smitten to say the least. In those first moments of your life I felt so much love that I thought my heart might burst. I had no idea that it was possible for me to fall deeper in love with as I've watched you grow.

I've loved watching you for the past 6 years. Sometimes I feel like I need to pinch myself because I can't believe what a fantastic daughter I have.  I can't believe that I have been given the privilege to be the mother to such a sweet, caring, compassionate, lovable, beautiful, smart, funny, outgoing little girl. Thank you for all the joy that you've given my life. 

Love Always, 
Mama (even though you don't call me Mama any more....it's MOM!)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

dreaming with a broken heart

teething. as many parents know, teething is rough. babies are cranky. they are in pain. their gums are swollen . it's just not much fun. let me tell you, teething twins SUCKS! there was one night that I didn't get to bed until 4:30am. and guess which babies were awake before 8:30am? that was a bad night and day. 

since nolan has to get up early for work, i've been the one to get up most nights. and that's fine. i feel bad when he gets up with the girls and then has to go to work the next morning. but there are sometimes when i'm just too tired. it's not like i get to rest during the day. i'm up when the girls get up. and now that school has started, i'm up to help get G out the door. and when the twins nap, that is the only time that i can get things done around the house, so there isn't much time for me to snooze then either. 

anyway, i hear those little cries at 2am over the baby monitor. i hate to admit it, but i get annoyed. I'm pretty grumpy. i just want to sleep. i just want them to go back to sleep. i usually get over my grumpiness before i get into their room. i see that sweet little girl standing up in her crib just wanting a diaper change and a snuggle. i can't really blame her either. i wouldn't want to sleep with a soggy diaper on either :)

but i've been feeling pretty guilty about how grumpy i get when i hear that little cry in the middle of night. i've been feeling guilty because as i sit there and cuddle and snuggle my little girl back to sleep, i think about another little girl that i would love to be snuggling too. i think about a time in my life when i would have given anything to be getting up in the middle of the night with a cranky baby. 

i've really been feeling the guilt this summer. i've heard about two friends of friends who have had stillbirths recently. one was just after mothers day. and as i sat there and rocked my baby the night after i heard about this, i held her a little closer and thought about this other mother who was just coming home from the hospital with empty hands and an empty heart. she had just celebrated her first mothers day. she was probably putting the final touches in her baby's nursery because she was 40 weeks pregnant when her baby died. and again, a few weeks ago, a woman who is a coworker of a friend (and she is also apart of my breast feeding support group) went in for her routine 39 week check and her baby didn't have a heartbeat. devastating. 

hearing these stories takes me back to that day in October not all that long ago. that day that i heard nothing but silence as they tried to find the heartbeat of my baby girl. my heart goes out to those women, not because i can only imagine what they are going through, i KNOW what they are going through. i know what they have just been though. it's something that never leaves your mind. thoughts of your baby are constantly there. violet is always on my mind. and i suppose it will be that way forever. when i hold my babies, i think of her. when i see other kids that would be her age, i think of her. when i hear of miracle babies, i wonder why we didn't get a miracle that would have saved her life. 

i'm not a huge john mayer fan, but there is one song that makes me think of violet.....

"when you're dreaming with a broken heart
the waking up is the hardest part
you roll outta bed and down on your knees
and for a moment you can hardly breathe
wondering was she really here?
is she standing in my room?
no she's not, cause she's gone, gone, gone, gone gone...."

she's gone....i got to know her for such a short time. i cherish the short time i had with her. so often times when i'm up in the middle of the night with two teething babies, i'm thinking about violet. i'm remembering what it is like to lose your precious child. i get over my grumpiness. i cuddle my baby and i cherish the time that i have with them.