Kim and I got to hang out with this adorable family last weekend and had so much fun! Their kids are adorable and OH MY look at Sam’s lips! He is going to have so many girls crushing on him with those eyes and lips!
Thanks guys! If we weren’t so behind I’d show you more!!! There are SO many great shots from your session!
It’s funny how I feel the day after being in the hospital. You would think I would want to spend quality time with my kids but instead all I want to do it have alone time. I want to sit at my desk all day and just work. Or fold laundry. Or something away from the whining and neediness of my children. It’s just so opposite of what I think I should want.
And if I had a sitter available I would be getting my kids dressed right now.
But instead I will take Bailey and Parker to school in a few hours, run an errand with Gray, come home to play, pick the girls up, feed them lunch and pray for time to speed by until naptime. Isn’t that terrible?
And when I come away from a super emotional day like that I also get hermit-like. Wanting to talk to no one, ignoring my phone, barely answering emails, etc. Because I guess what I really want to do is just lay in bed and sleep it off, or lay on the couch and watch a movie, or something else sloth-like.
I’ve been doing NILMDTS for over a year now and I still can’t figure out why I get to feeling this way.
But I do feel blessed to have Kim as my friend, who was there (more than me even yesterday) and just gets it. And I have crazy awesome support from my friends and family. Which is awesome.
But what I really want today is a babysitter and no todo list staring at me!
Oh to dream.
So on that super-happy-let’s-get-this-day-started attitude… GO!
I cannot express in words how much it meant to us for both of you to be with us throughout our journey with Elijah. Yesterday was quite easily the hardest day of both Pamela and I’s lives. The two of you made it a little bit easier. We are eternally thankful for that. ~Nolan
Nolan…it was seriously OUR pleasure. Obviously I don’t sugar coat it and say that it’s easy, it’s not. But I know that at the root of my feelings today is worry for you and Pamela. All night I woke up and wondered how you guys were. I’ve been praying non-stop for you guys and will continue to do so for a long long time. Your family is now apart of me (and I’m sure Kim, if I can speak for her). You are in my heart and your love will forever change me. Thank you for inviting us in to help capture Elijah’s sweet time on earth. We were completely honored to be there and pray that the images we give you will help in the coming weeks and months and years. Jodie
Trust me, I completely know how you feel after your hospital shoots. I feel the same way several times a week. Working for 30+yrs in a pediatric ER and PICU is a privilege that comes with a burden; the burden of being forever changed by the intensity of the joy and sorrow you’re called to witness in such intimate moments in the life of a family.
Needing to regroup, to ‘shut down’ and just ‘be’ is a normal reaction; it even has a name – “regression in service of the ego”. It’s vital to recovering equilibrium and getting the strength to do it the next time.
Sip on a Mtn Dew,immerse yourself in routine chores – and know I’m praying for you and Kim for continued strength to do a VERY important ministry for your NILMDTS families. God has given you both a great gift; surely He’s with you as you use it!
I hate to even post here – these three posts say so much. Love and prayers to all of you – I don’t “know” any of you, but I feel that I do and I am moved with many emotions for Elijah’s family. I, too, will continue to pray.