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Carter and Louie and the beginning of their brotherhood in the heart of Kansas City.

I find these days so magical.
The ones that now feel like a blur in my own story.
The ones where my eyes were always sleepy and my coffee never warm and my ankles still swollen as little feet ran around them faster than I could waddle with my body still ravaged from months carrying the little one who was bringing us such wonder.
And their father and I, hunkered down in the home, trying to find our way through the survival mode of growing our family and navigating all the joys and trials of our love being wider than what we knew our capacity to be. 
And because these days are written in a chapter we've turned the pages from, I believe somehow it softens my heart more tenderly to see them differently for others. To take me back there again where they are, to make with my images words to their story, a song of thanksgiving for the gift of life.

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With tears and joy and touch and light this is twenty seventeen in review.

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything as beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.”Reflecting just as I did last year to pause for gratitude and let it all rush back in. To let the light seep into the quiet places of the heart, let the salt settle again, the tears of hope anchored promises and new worked for new beginnings, to let the breeze of wonder and celebrations refresh the soul once again, to let the color of rich moments where soft flesh pressed up against the heart that has always known and fingers grazed against each other as they found home within each other. To remember the treasure of the now that was and in it held everything and still to believe that the best is yet to come.

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Loved and adored and held ever so tightly, this is Baby Vinn.

I'm not one of those who tells the little ones not to grow up. Because when I see the wrinkles of skin folded around knobby, wobbly newborn knees, flakes of heaven's kisses peeling off furrowed brows of slumber, watch them held in wonder by their siblings guarded ever so closely by parents serenading them with reminders to "please be gentle", my heart swells with the knowledge that this is only the beginning.Because like handcrafted tapestry, their tender hearts have been woven together. The texture is deep with nuances of exuberance and introspection, the color rich with innocence and affection.

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Their first child, her first bath, and all of the affection within their home.

As a creative, my heart is stirred most deeply not simply by the loveliness of texture and color and light, but the sacredness of vulnerability, the tenderness of wonder and the fierceness of devotion.Thus, I make this art as a gift, breathed from a mother's heart for a mother's heart. This is their first child, her first bath, and all the affection within their home.

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Sweet moments of newness for Baby Sam.

Just two years ago these two entered the complex unknown of opinions and doubts and heartache and humbling.Parenthood. It's not for the faint of heart. But rooted in the choice of joy and adventure, oh how they have blossomed. It's been my joy to watch from behind the lens. And so here they are again, in the miracle and newness of becoming four, becoming together even deeper in wonder, in delight and in love. These are sweet moments at home with the newness of their second son, Sam.

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In the dreamiest of spaces, tiny Miss Vera and Sloane begin their grand sisterhood under the watchful eye of their Eloise.

In a space where art meets answered prayers and color meets dreams come true, tangible beauty collides with transcendent connection.And though sleep deprived and outnumbered, the gentleness of these parents comes from a rooted strength within and reflected in the devotion they as five will always be known for, their greatness has only begun. These are the photographs and family film of tiny Miss Vera and Sloane and their big sister Eloise. This film documents so much delight, tenderness and respect. It is truly most beautiful experienced with as many of the senses as possible.

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