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Every Texas family needs a bluebonnet session at least once.  Loved this sweet family and the images we created for their new beautiful home.

Memorials ~ The Duphorne Family

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Getting to know so many families and their stories is, by far, my favorite part of my work. The Duphorne story is one that unfolded during the whole process of getting to know them, and was one I would not forget. Often families call me because they haven’t had portraits done in a while and they want to get some updates. My goal is to get them thinking about their story or legacy and what they want to memorialize.  I often think clients wonder if I am a bit strange over the phone. After all, they simply want some updated pictures of their kids or family, and then I start to bring up words like lasting and legacy. During my initial conversation with Cherie, I began asking about her family and what they enjoyed doing together. The tone in her voice lifted when she began to talk about how much they love to sail. I could hear the excitement in her voice when I said I would love to drive to their yacht club and photograph her family where they have made so many memories together, loving and living life out to the fullest.

On the day of our session, it was a beautiful evening and I could see the joy in each of their faces.  Darin was so proud of his beautiful family and couldn’t wait to show me his sailboat.  The name of their boat is “Necessity.”  Darin is a patent attorney so they got the name from the quote “Necessity is the mother of Invention.”  They named their dinghy/tender “Invention,” and their boat “Necessity,” would be the mother ship to “Invention.”  They also said sailing is a necessity to them, so it was the perfect name.

Both Darin and Cherie were sailors before they met.  Cherie grew up sailing and has very fond memories of weekends on the boat with her family, and Darin was on the sailing team at Texas A&M University. They have actually been members at their Yacht Club since 2002 when they bought their first boat, which was lost in Hurricane Ike. Since they’ve been married, they have sailed from Veracruz, Mexico to Corpus Christi. By far, their favorite place they’ve sailed, is the British Virgin Islands and they look forward to going back with their kids when they get older.

The story continued to unfold as I visited with the family during our order session. I love asking how long couples have been married and how they met.  I am crazy about a sweet love story.  I am not sure I was prepared to hear what she shared and I found myself tearing up on their couch as she talked.  Cherie had just turned 25 when she was diagnosed with bone cancer. She was single and thriving in her education and career. This was a devastating blow. Her parents stepped in to help her as she walked through treatment, and in Cherie’s words she said it was a scary time for them, as they watched their young daughter fight bone cancer.

Cherie finished treatment in July of 1995 and met Darin six months later in January of 1996. They met at church where Cherie could only attend at times when she was able during treatment.  She was just able to walk without crutches and traded them in for a cane.  She was beginning to gain some strength and began working part-time and started to think about “life” again.  Cherie and Darin hung out a lot in a group with other singles in their Bible study class at church. Darin in great health, Cherie in recovery and walking with a cane, but that didn’t deter Darin. They started dating in April of that same year and he proposed to her only ten months later in October of 1996.  I remember Cherie telling me she thought to herself at that time, if he will love me like this, walking with a cane and hoping to recover fully from cancer, he must really love me.  I had an immediate lump in my throat.  Isn’t that what we all want?  Unconditional love, just for who we are, not what we have to offer.

After choosing their images we began to look at the walls in their home for a place to display their wall portrait.  On a main wall in the living room hung a beautiful bridal portrait. You don’t see many bridal portraits still hanging in living rooms after 20 years of marriage. Cherie decided she would replace it with the new family portrait, but still wanted that portrait in view because it meant so much. Her bridal portrait was stunning, and while it looked like a typical setting for a bride, with some white columns behind, she shared with me that it was actually was taken at MD Anderson. This portrait served as a memorial to the miracle God did in her life as a young bride.

I have hung lots of portraits and I wish I could tell you what happens in my heart each time I do. It’s a humble privilege.  Moving her bridal portrait and hanging the new family portrait was a visible picture of God’s faithfulness and hope to me. These two meaningful memorials proudly hang in their home and represent the beautiful story that has unfolded over the years.

When I asked Cherie if I could share her story on my blog, she said, without hesitation, “Of course, it’s God’s story, not mine.”

 

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Beauty in the Trials ~ The Moursund Family

This beautiful family has been on a tremendous faith walk the past couple years. Last year, Dad had a serious injury that had him out of work and in intensive rehab for 9 full months.  They walked through that journey with indescribable peace and joy and it truly encouraged anyone who knew them.  I remember mom telling me, that as hard as it was to watch her husband walk through such pain, it was a sweet time for their family, as they spent extra time together and grew even closer.

These portraits were taken at the end of this long journey and on the day of our order session, dad received the all clear to go back to work.  They were perfectly timed to show how faithful God had been and served as a testament to the beauty that came from it. It was a day of celebration!

It was only three weeks later, about the time I was delivering her portraits, I heard of their recent news. Mom had been diagnosed with grade 3 invasive ductal breast cancer.  I was stunned. Sometimes we don’t understand how serious trials can come one after another, and how we will make it through. It was incredibly humbling to deliver these portraits, that not only served as a memorial to God’s faithfulness in the past, but also of his steadfast love and faithfulness for the journey ahead.

It is always an honor to spend time with each of my clients and tell their unique story in a beautiful way. This family’s story is one of courage, joy, trust, and peace, which is the ultimate reflection of beauty. What an honor for me to have the privilege of capturing this family in this delicate season of their lives. Their faith is being tested to the core, but God, being rich in mercy, will carry them through and bring a depth of beauty only revealed through trials. Mom is remarkably brave and the boys are loving and supportive. Their family and faith is an inspiration to anyone that knows them.  Please be lifting them up in prayer as they continue to seek healing.

James 1:2-4  “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,  for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

They are lacking nothing.  In fact, I asked mom if she could tell me one thing she is learning right now and this was her answer… “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  In a word: Eucharisteo

 If you would like to keep up with her story you can read more here…  https://simplyexhale.wordpress.com

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Cypress Family Session

I have known this sweet family for quite some time.  They are a joy and blessing to know!  It was such an honor to capture a beautiful family portrait with their sweet new addition.  Can you say adorable!

 

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Cypress Family Session

 

I have known this amazing family for almost ten years and taught two of their children music for a few of those years.  If anyone knows them, you know how humble and kind this family is and how well they serve their community.  Mom has a gentle spirit that will inspire any woman to have more beauty and grace in her own life.  During the session when I took a moment to capture a more candid shot, I asked them to talk about some of their favorite memories, and I have never seen a family filled with so much joy as they laughed and talked through some of their favorite times together. They are now in a season where they are drawing even closer to each other.  Mom recently had brain surgery to remove a tumor and is finishing up her treatment at MD Anderson.  I am inspired by their faith, their hope, and most of all the joy they have continued to walk in through this season.  They are truly a special family.

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