Hey friends. There has been a long pause on the blog, and if you’ve been wondering where I disappeared to, I have been soaking up my sweet little children, making fun memories, and quietly serving clients here and there when I have time to squeeze in a session. This year, the off-season has brought me many joys, introspection about where I’m at and where I’m headed as a mother and photographer, and I keep coming back to this thought that I want every single day to be full of intention, meaning, and celebration of blessings big and small. How will I do that? I’m still figuring it out, but I do know that I long to create images and share stories of people who inspire me personally and I want to do my part to spread a message hope in the world by capturing courage and sharing it with you. I feel so aware of the weight of sorrow and hardship on the human soul, and yet, so desperate to be near to those who are hurting…to lend a hand, a hug, a heart for them to lean on.
I’ve been privileged to photograph some truly amazing individuals these past few months, and perhaps most poignantly, the Magnotti’s. Nick and Alyssa are a daily shot of inspiration to me even as they face the most terrifying season of their lives. If you’re not familiar with their story, you can read about it in detail on their website, but the short version is: Nick and Alyssa fall in love and get married. Nick is diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Nick and Alyssa fight that cancer with all they’ve got and win. Alyssa becomes pregnant (due at the end of March 2013) and Nick’s cancer comes back with a vengeance. He is currently in treatment, and enduring ongoing chemotherapy. They pray and hope for miraculous healing, and with the uncertainty of tomorrow always hanging overhead, they cling to each other with courageous joy. They laugh often and thank God for the time they have. For the love they have. For the days they have. And they remind me every single day that no matter what I’m going through, I have a choice to sow loveliness into the world in my own special way. I am so blessed to have met them, and ask that you’ll join me in prayer for 1) healing for Nick and comfort on the way to that healing, and 2) the coming of their sweet baby girl and for Alyssa to be strengthened and encouraged through her birth.
And here is a tiny glimpse into a valentine story…into a love that never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. A love that never fails. (1 Cor. 13:7)