Bowen is ONE!

September 22nd, 2017

Ruth Simons said, “It’s what you do behind closed doors and where people are never going to share about you that matters most.”

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And this describes Daren and Brandy Vaughn to a T.

Thoughtful. Intentional. Kind.

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But we will never do all that these sweet parents do for so many. Any one of their friends can attest to this fact. They can go above and beyond in all situations.

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These babies, though, are more than blessed to have them as their parents.

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Celebrating one year with this sweet little man and with the example of their parents, because they worship our Heavenly Father, is their immeasurably more.

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He IS immeasurably more.

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Vaughns, I am so thankful for your presence in our lives. YOU are blessings to so many that you will never even know.

Jensen Thomas | Newborn

September 22nd, 2017

Jensen means “God is gracious.”

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And after seven years of prayer, Lacie and Nathan are more than grateful for this perfect blessing.

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A miracle, they said.

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He’s our little miracle.

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From his head to his toes, beautiful as can be.

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God is, indeed, gracious, and our most perfect Father.

Jensen Thomas | Arrival

September 16th, 2017

“…but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles…they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

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And wait they did. Seven years of praying for this sweet, sweet boy and Jensen Thomas is here.

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And perfect in every single way.

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Hampton McColl | Newborn

September 7th, 2017

“We need to make a shift from that word calling…to my calling is filled in salvation.” -Kat Armstrong

I love when I have the opportunity to share how Chasity gave me this job and how she GAVE me this business.

To have the opportunity to share is the reminder of God’s assignment for my life.

And this assignment can change. It can change daily. It changed three years ago from when I was a teacher and now I am a photographer. It changed as I became a wife and a mother. But it is not my calling. My calling is my salvation in Him and when I have the blessing to go to a session and share that, I am ALWAYS blown away.

Sharing with Crystal and Collin and hearing their story of His faith, His grace and His assignments He has given them testify again to the goodness of the Father we serve. Their assignments changed. Their homes changed. But God has been faithful every step of the way.

And leaving the session having the chance to hear how they have learned His grace from parenting (and how I can sooo relate!!) forms a bond in friendship for which I will forever be thankful.

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Hampton McColl Bryant, you are so loved. Fearfully and wonderfully made. And the sweetest blessing to Maggie who is one of the best big sisters around.

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Cullen Warner | Newborn

September 6th, 2017

Grace. Matchless grace. Offered to us that deserve none.

And that grace comes in so, so many forms.

Laughter.

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Joy.

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Love.

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Happiness.

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And sweet Cullen Warner brings laughter. And joy. And love.

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And among the sleepless night…so much happiness to his mommy and daddy

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And will for so many days and years to come.

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The Walsh Twins | Arrival

September 5th, 2017

These beautiful girls had us all at hello.

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2017-08-31_0097But looking through the glass at these two beauties was one sweet little boy that quickly fell head over heels.

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Watching their every move.

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Smiling at his dad.

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Itching to get his hands on them.

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(Like the rest of the family…)

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A family in love, a family that loves and a family that is so so easy to love.

Maggie meets Hampton

September 1st, 2017

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I got the text early Wednesday morning, “We are on our way to the hospital!”

A week and a half early, Crystal and Collin were MORE than thrilled to welcome this sweet little man into the world.

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And big sister, Maggie, is just as excited!

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The love and the laughter that filled this room made my heart almost burst with joy because of the goodness of the Father that we serve.

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Welcome, Hampton McColl Bryant! You are already so so loved!

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James Mead | Newborn

August 31st, 2017

Loss.

Grief.

Rejoicing.

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A beautiful little miracle.

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And this little teddy bear is resting next to the newest miracle. Because that little teddy bear weighs just as much as James’ big sister did when she was born at only 28 weeks.

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Margaret and Travis were not able to bring her home to her lavender, beautifully decorated nursery.

But God gave them James Mead, named after Travis’ late father and Margaret’s father. Like the threads woven together in this quilt gifted by Margaret’s grandmother, God has written their story and woven these threads in midst of loss.

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And this story of heartbreak finds His light in this miracle of the new life that wakes them in the middle of the night.

That smiles at them.

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The story of His mercy and grace in every single day.

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Claire Sullivan Sauceman

August 3rd, 2017

We got the text at 2:07.

We are approved! We are officially foster parents!

Then at 4:08, the next text came through.

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Then the phone call followed

She’s one day old. We will have her indefinitely.
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But we would soon find out, indefinitely would mean forever.

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After spending 697 days in foster care, Claire Sullivan Sauceman is now home.2017-08-03_0007 2017-08-03_0006

Fitting right in.2017-08-03_0002 2017-08-03_0001

Ordered by the judge to be spoiled.

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And is now officially part of this forever family.
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Clara Katherine | Arrival

July 20th, 2017

When I stopped by church Sunday morning before heading to the hospital to meet Clara, the pianist was practicing this song. From that very moment, that song continued to play in my head as I made my way to the hospital. Because watching the gift of life brought into this world by such a precious family is a worship experience I never want to forget.

How can I keep from singing Your praise

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How can I ever say enough

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How can I keep from shouting Your name

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I know I am loved by the King

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And it makes my heart want to sing!

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