SENIOR SESSION: Ben CO2020

This past week marked 24 years since my little sister went to see Jesus face to face...

back then, I was beginning my senior year in college...facing life changing decisions and treading the waters of grief...

it was then, that Ben's grandparents stepped in...as professors at the school, they opened their home (and their hearts to me)

their couch became a haven where I didn't have to talk or smile or pretend...they just surrounded me in love and compassion and space...

Fast forward allll these years later and "by chance" my daughter meets Ben, their grandson, and they become friends...which also included a whole slew of Cedarville folks...2nd and 3rd generations that are connected by the same faith...

it's kinda cool if you think about it :) 

And so, when Ben's mom wondered about Senior pictures, I was all on board...

they not only traveled the distance but shared a sweet meal with us afterwards...which made us thankful again, not only for the value of our time at Cedarville, but for the ties that bind us together even through the years...

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Ben makes me smile...

it's hard NOT to when you are around him...

It was fun collaborating with him on all his ideas and he was a trooper, even though he was exhausted from previous race running and activities that inevitably pile up last minute...

Ben, I'm glad to know you!  I am excited to see what you'll do in the future and the FUN that you create for all those around you!  


















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SENIOR SESSION: Anna CO2020

I've been a youth leader at our church since my eldest began middle school...
also, being one that tries to volunteer in the schools and be involved, but not overbearing in the lives of my girls and their friends...I've watched these students grow over the years...

My goal in doing that wasn't for control or to have my hands in things...but rather, to just BE with those that rubbed shoulders with my girls...to have an ear and heart into their lives, concerns, anxieties, successes, joys...

I don't want to control my girls' lives but rather teach them to navigate the journey...the bumps along the way...

it has been a privilege to come alongside so many of my daughters' friends and cheer them on...

I met Anna wayyyyy back in middle school...and I've loved her ever since...

She's easy-going and chill (much like her momma) and ALWAYS with a smile...

that doesn't mean that life is always sunshine and roses, but rather, she takes things in and evaluates on the inside...and as that is happening, she's making the choice to remember the positives...

Anna is a beautiful gem and our time together was easy and FUN! I'm excited for her future...for the way she will love on others and impact lives by just her presence!

Love you girly...congrats on an amazing senior year!!! 















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FAMILY SESSION: Let's All SMILE!

As the children get older, into more activities...eventually moving off to college, the challenge of attempting to get everyone together AT THE SAME TIME seems overwhelming...

between calendars and events, work and commitments, activities and church, school and seeing friends...it's a never ending coordinating frenzy...

AND SO...when we can find a date and a window of time that actually WORKS, we all bring our best and do our best to knock it out of the park!!!

And so we did...

Every mom wants pictures of their family...not just the obligatory smile and get this over with, but the ones that show the PERSON...because she knows the hearts of her kids...

She knows a REAL smile, and a funny laugh...she knows the teasing and banter...she understands and wants to capture those moments for all the years to come...because she also knows that time brings change...A family of 5 goes down to 4 when the oldest heads off to college...dynamics change, schedules look different, even family meal time has a different feel to it...

It was a pleasure to meet up with this family...to joke with them and tease the boys...

we all welcomed the "time out" of the busy to just BE together and SMILE...











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