Charlie is HERE!

May 9th, 2017

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25

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And that she did.

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When Whitney laughed, Charlie literally entered this world.

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Everyone’s hearts melted.

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As they should.

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This gift of life brings joy beyond measure.

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And I know one big brother that is proud.

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And loves his mommy so.

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So much that he even commented, “I can fit in your lap now!”

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We serve such a Good Father.

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Charlie Tillman, you are fearfully and wonderfully made and more than deeply loved.

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You are born from a pure heart and a faith that can move mountains.

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Your presence here is evidence of that and so much more.

Jacob | Senior

May 5th, 2017

To say this family changed my life is an understatement.

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It was Amy’s faith and obedience to God calling her to stay home that made me realize it could really happen for our family, too.

It was Matt’s perseverance to follow God’s faith in coaching that pushed my husband out of his comfort zone.

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It is their children that look out for each of us, stopping to help whenever needed.

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It is their family that exemplifies Jesus in every aspect of their lifestyle.2017-05-05_0004

It is because of them more people in the Belton and Honea Path communities know Jesus.

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It is because of Jesus we have them here in our small town.

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Thank you, Wurst family. And congratulations, Jacob! We adore you!

Rhett is HERE!

April 6th, 2017

On the way to this shoot, like so many others, tears filled my eyes. I become overwhelmed at the goodness of our Father and the gifts He so willingly bestows upon us.

Then, when I saw her, for the first time, Margaret Adeline, I was near tears, again. For this experience to witness and worship our Father is not taken for granted.

Sweet, beautiful, beautiful Rhett.

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Deeply loved.

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Wonderfully made.

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From a good, good Father.

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For you are fearfully and wonderfully made

And we know this full well.

Leah is HERE!

March 30th, 2017

If you’ve been reading/following since Chasity gifted me this incredible blessing that is Sugar Snap Photography, you’ll notice that more often than not, a song will speak to me on the way to or from a session and it will inspire the entire blog post.

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Today was no different.

This family’s fight through a hard, hard winter of loss and heartbreak was turned around today. Because with the loss of their Bubba, a husband, father and grandfather, his absence was felt today.

But they rejoiced.

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Because on that day in December, Annabelle said, “Don’t worry, Mama. He’ll be back in fifteen weeks.”

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And this song could not have described today more perfectly.

Leah Danielle met her beautiful family. And she could not be more blessed.

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“You turned my darkness into dancing.

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You set my feet upon a Rock…

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Brought me here and you will see me through.”

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~song from NewSpring Worship, “See Me Through”

 

Landrum | Newborn

March 14th, 2017

Sweet, sweet Landrum.

“You were born to blaze new trails, 

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pioneer great adventures,

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reclaim new territory, 

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take daring risks.

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You were born to tell an original story.”

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And if you’re anything like your mom, tell a beautiful story, you will.

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And if you’re anything like your dad, laughter will surround you.

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Because with these two, you were “born for such a time as this.”

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And that timing could not have been more perfect.2017-03-12_0005

~quotes from the sign above Landrum’s bed~ 

I wrote this blog Sunday and Landrum’s sweet mommy posted this one Monday! Love how the Lord works.

 

Courtland Carrie | The Arrival

February 3rd, 2017

“As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.” Ecclesiastes 11:5

As I pulled into this parking lot at 1:45 a.m., the radio blared as I worshipped right there in my car thanking God for this very moment and asking for His presence as always to fill this space.

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 This story, written long before today of how Courtland Carrie would enter this world, is the exact reminder of the kindness and goodness of our faithful Father.

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Meredith and Bud welcomed this little surprise at 5:16 a.m. weighing at 5 lbs. 15 ounces and pure perfection.

The best part? They didn’t know until this very moment if they were welcoming a girl or boy!

And just five short hours after arriving at the hospital, Courtland Carrie Ackerman, entered this world with beauty and grace!

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The Sargents

January 28th, 2017

Poise.

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Beauty.

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Matchless grace.

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This family is the perfect picture of redemption and rejoicing.

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Always smiling.

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Always laughing.

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And the blessing of a super creative mama that thought to bring their athletic gear.

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This gift of athleticism and the best sportsmanship you’ll ever find in these three beautiful smiles.

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What JOY they bring to those around them!

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Drew | Newborn

January 3rd, 2017

“I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to.” I Samuel 1:27

Drew is home.

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He is here for the most wonderful time of the year.

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He is loved.

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He is cherished.

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He is prayed over incessantly.

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He is the picture of gratitude, sacrifice and the blessing of a journey walked with multitudes surrounding this family.

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He is all Katie and Monroe dreamed of and so much more.

“For we live by faith, not by sight.” 2nd Corinthians 5:7

The Sherards | 2017

January 2nd, 2017

Twenty-five years.

2017-01-02_0005 Twenty-five years ago, today, Barbie and Joe began their lives together.

We knew it was supposed to rain but even on this overcast day, Barbie’s optimistic spirit could not keep us from taking pictures and laughing the entire time.

In fact, when she and I were texting about what we should do she said this:

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 It’s not the sunny day I hoped for, but if you can get everyone smiling,

I will be over the moon grateful and happy.” 


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Drew is HERE!

December 5th, 2016

“Let my presence override everything you experience. Like a luminous veil of Light, I hover over you and everything around you….Surely the Lord is in this place!” -Jesus Calling, Sarah Young | Genesis 28:16

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The presence of the Lord surrounded this baby. This family. This couple. This young woman.

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This gift of Life given by the Lord, delivered by Noel, not only brought Light to this family forever; this gift brought Legacy.

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This gift brought years of love, affection, growth and joy found only in the Lord.

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This gift brought a hint of the most surreal moments as Katie and Monroe held him for the first time.

Surely, the presence of the Lord is in this place.

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