You can quit a job. I can’t quit being a mother. I’m a mother forever. Mothers are never off the clock, mothers are never on vacation. Being a mother redefines us, reinvents us, destroys and rebuilds us. Being a mother brings us face-to-face with ourselves as children, with our mothers as human beings, with our darkest fears of who we really are. Being a mother requires us to get it together or risk messing up another person forever. Being a mother yanks our hearts out of our bodies and attaches them to our tiny humans and sends them out into the world, forever hostages.” ― Shonda Rhimes,
My good friend, Tammy Rabon, has been taking our family photos since the kids were born. I love her work, and she took our annual Christmas card pictures again this year.
However, about the same time, one of my other friends offered me the opportunity to do a “lifestyle” photo shoot. This is a new style for Casey Asa, Captured by Casey, and she wanted to experiment. I gladly welcomed her into our new home, and she shadowed us for about four hours on a Sunday after church.
I was nervous and thought we would bore her; but, while Mason relaxed watching football, Miss J and I played. She is the sweetest, most kind professional, and I enjoy Casey’s company, so we literally just relaxed and let her be a fly on the wall. It was actually therapeutic, because electronics were away and we were completely engaged without distractions.
When it was all done, the kids did not want her to leave.
I was not sure what kind of photos we would get out of the shoot, but I was and am AMAZED at the beautiful memories she captured for us. My favorites are of Miss J and I rocking in their nursery chair. She and I were just chatting away, then we embraced, as we often do. Casey actually pointed out that the last shot is priceless, because Miss J is smiling as I hold her. I often wonder about their faces when I embrace them, and now I know. I feel so loved just seeing her warmth. I am truly blessed beyond measure.