The Squad

I.Love.These.Boys. While I have know some of these guys a little over three years now, I really got to know them well at summer camp two summers ago. I had the privilege of going to camp “Big Stuff” as the camp “chef” for our youth group. They say a way to a mans heart is through his stomach and this proved to be true with these guys! They started calling me “Mama Lisa” and I’m honored to hold that title, It melts my heart every time they call me that!

I have watched these boys grow up so much over these past few years. They are true gentleman and so much fun to be around. When they enter a room you know things are about to get “lit”! They really are an instant party, which shows well in the photos!

One of the things I have noticed about these guys is their love for each other. I have NEVER seen anything like it. They might not be brothers by blood, but they are truly brothers in their hearts. The respect and consideration they show one another is so genuine and Christ like. I am just so thankful that I have had the privilege of knowing them and seeing their unique bond.

I can’t wait to see all that God has for these guys as they all graduate this year and go in different directions. Something tells me that the bond they have won’t be broken by time or distance.

Anna

Anna’s mom Kim and I met at church while we were both pregnant with our second child (Anna and Rachel), due two months apart. As I was editing Anna’s senior pictures I shed a tear (or three) remembering all the sweet times she and my daughter Rachel have shared over the past 17 years. There have been countless sleepovers, playing Miss America, making crazy videos, fighting over who gets to hold the white cat in the picture, dancing together, hiding in the trunk of Lauren’s car during hide-n-seek and many hours of giggling! I am so thankful for their sweet friendship.

Anna isn’t your typical teenager, you can tell that after talking to her for five minutes and that is why she’s always been one of my very favorite people. Anna loves deeply, has a great sense of humor, sings like an angel, and has a passion for the lost. She currently serves as a worship leader at Savannah Christian Church, and has spent the past two summers in Poland as a missionary intern. I can’t wait to see all that she accomplishes with her amazing talents and heart for God. I am so thankful I’ve been able to watch her journey. We love you Anna!!!

Catherine and Dylan

Catherine and Dylan are such a sweet couple! I remember when they were teenagers and would come to New Years Eve parties at our house. Now they are all grown up and engaged! We can’t wait to be part of their special day in July! 

“You know when you have found your prince because you not only have a smile on your face, but in your heart as well.” —Unknown Author

 

Baby Adalyn

A week ago I recieved a text from my cousins wife Tasha asking me if I would photograph the birth of their child. The answer was “YES”! My cousin Ed is my double first cousin. Yes, that is actually a thing. My moms brother married my dads sister and we have the same set of grandparents on both sides of the family. We are two years apart in age and he is way more like a brother than a cousin. Tasha is one of the sweetest people I have ever met. She has such a calm spirit and I always just love being around her. Baby Adalyn makes number four and a wonderful addition to their family. Ed and Tasha are amazing parents and are perfect for each other.

Every part of the day was so special. Some of the most amazing moments were witnessing the actual birth, watching Ed and Tasha see their baby girl for the first time, seeing their children meet their baby sister and then watching the grandparents meet their newest grandchild. It was such an amazing experience and I feel so incredibly blessed that I was there to see it all. I am so thankful that I get to do what I love and that I get to witness some of the most important days of people lives.

 

Dance Pretty….

It’s funny how something you say to your child all the time suddenly takes on new meaning. My youngest daughter Rachel, was born to dance. As a toddler she would start dancing the second she would hear music and as she got older she would wear holes in her shoes from doing turns in them (She actually still does that).

When she was four we let her try ballet and it was a natural fit for her. Every week when she would go into ballet class I would say to her “dance pretty” and that became our “thing”. We progressed from me sitting in the waiting room peaking through the door, to dropping her off at the front door of the dance school, and then to her driving herself there. But even now as she leaves for class or a show, I always say “dance pretty”.

In 8th grade she auditioned for Savannah Arts Academy’s Dance Department. It seemed like everything she’d worked for all accumulated to this moment. I knew she was nervous, excited and full of anticipation as we waited for her audition to begin. They finally called for her group and she looked at me and I said “dance pretty”. Tears filled both of our eyes, that little phrase I always said just somehow changed . We both knew it meant more than “dance pretty”. It meant, “I’m proud of you”, “I love you”, “I believe in you”, “I know you can do this” and so much more.

Now, here we are in her senior year at SAA. She is having lots of “lasts” and I’m saying “dance pretty” a lot. I’m watching her savor every moment of this year. I see the change in her perspective and the tremendous growth in her both as a dancer and as a person. We recently learned that she was cast as the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty (Her all time favorite variation) for the final show of 2016. It is so fitting that the last role she will have at SAA is the very same variation she did when she auditioned four years ago.

When this year is over and she begins a new exciting chapter of her life I hope and pray that whatever she does that she continues to “dance pretty”.