A tough week, but God reigns
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
The title above transports me back in time, to the note I shared on Facebook almost 6 years ago when we were losing our first child. And after the trials of the past week... it feels appropriate once again.
This last week has been... heavy. Heavy like the rains that have been falling on Kapsowar like clockwork...
When in Kenya... (do as the Kenyans do.)
I have had many dreams for our time in Kenya. Most notably the dream of documenting a birth while simultaneously witnessing my handsome doctor husband deliver the sweet babe. And, if you caught my Facebook posts in the last couple of days, you’d know that dream came true! (And this birth photographer was overwhelmed with joy!) But...
7 Things I've Learned from Parenting in the Trenches
This past week has been a week of firsts. First time to Amsterdam (during a long layover pancake jaunt into the city), first time in Africa, first Safari, first time speaking Swahili, first time driving for Rhys (our Safari driver let him try it out while sitting on his lap on the Savannah), first time lighting a gas stove with a match (I’ve been spoiled by electric starters), first time sleeping under a mosquito net, first time trying mandazi, chapati, Kenyan Chai, and Kenyan candy (enter nature’s version of chewy warheads)...
We're going to AFRICA! | Fishers on Mission
Motherhood is a SWEET season... but it is also one of the most challenging, humbling and sanctifying journeys I've ever set foot on. More days that not lately, thanks to the sin and brokenness of my own self as much as my children's, I have found myself with tears in my eyes, clawing through the mud, and praying for the clarity, grace, and protection of my Savior. And each day, the Lord has faithfully answered me with bits of truth that are slowly helping me to see the beauty in a season that quite frankly I'm just praying to survive. Here's what I've been learning...
The Top 6 Pregnancy Apps & Websites Every Pregnant Mom Needs
When we first found out that April 2018 would be our first "missions month" for Jake's residency program, I was giddy, even though I had NO IDEA where the Lord would call us to go. So, what a joy it was to get confirmation from the Lord through some trusted mentors earlier this month that we indeed should spend April living and serving alongside the Jones family in their home of Kapsowar, Kenya...
A Birth Photographer's Hypnobabies Birth Center Water Birth in Tulsa | The Birth Story of Silas John
From the moment I find out I'm pregnant... I begin downloading ALL THE APPS, and bookmarking all the websites. There is something so amazing about having the answer to just about every question you could think of (or didn't think of) at your fingertips. And, because my mission is to serve mamas not only through their births, but during pregnancy and postpartum - I decided to compile my faves for you!
Family Lifestyle Session In Tulsa’s Pearl District | The Beers Family
This birth story, my birth story, shares the intimate moments of the arrival of my youngest son Silas, born January 2nd of last year. It was a prayer and Hypnobabies fueled water birth at Special Delivery Birth Center in Tulsa that serves as one of the most peaceful, joy-filled days of my life... and it is my honor to share it with you!
OKC Newborn Lifestyle Session with Sweet Big Sis | The Click Family
It is such a joy to get to follow mamas through pregnancy, birth, postpartum and beyond... and is arguably one of the coolest aspects of my job... allowing me to make wonderful new mama friends as I seek to serve my clients and their families well. This family lifestyle session in Tulsa's Pearl District was the cap on a year long photography journey with this family from pregnancy to first birthday (a journey I hope continues for years to come!).
A love letter to the insecure mama preparing for her birth:
The Click family welcomed a sweet little man into their home last month, and I got the joy of spending a Friday morning in OKC hanging out with their family and documenting some sweet moments via a newborn lifestyle session as they settled in as a new family of four... big sister showed the most tender "mommy-like" love for little brother when he was upset. Enough to melt any mama's heart!
The Birth Story of Ripley Caroline - Oklahoma Birth Film/Videography
There are a lot of reactions, some quite humorous, that I get when people first learn what I do for a living. Comments range from "You take pictures of WHAT?" to "You mean, you specialize in like, er, downstairs photography?" - all to which I typically respond with a chuckle and an explanation that birth photography is not about the "vag shot," but documents the power, the emotions, the first "meet cutes" that will forever mark the day a little one arrives.
Top 4 Resources for Families Facing Pregnancy and Infant Loss - and how YOU can support someone else facing pregnancy/infant loss
There is something so unique and special about a birth story told from the perspective of the mama. Being the one that grows the human, then delivers said human makes for a VERY surreal experience. But the true depth of the experience doesn't equate to just that one day, especially when we talk about the birth of a mother. No, the beginning of that birth story often starts long before any little being has taken up residence inside... and instead begins in the moments that the Lord first begins to plant the little seed that later becomes "parenthood" in our hearts.
October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Truly, no parents should ever have to face the loss of a child… but when it comes to the world of childbearing, the reality is that 1 in 4 women will experience pregnancy or infant loss. This reality can be painful and harsh, especially when journeying through it alone…