“Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.” -Donna Ball
Heading into Mother’s Day weekend, I’m honored to share these images of Khim, the epitome of beauty and strength in motherhood. A mother who from the moment she saw the flickering heartbeat of new life was instantly filled with the hope she needed for her own in such a dark time.
A year ago, we stood in the corner of her bedroom, meeting for the first time to create a tangible memory of this part of her miraculous story.
A story that includes a scary diagnosis, a surprise pregnancy, a recommendation to terminate, a double mastectomy, chemo, the birth of a perfect, healthy baby girl, more chemo and radiation, and finally remission.
Today, she will be heading into surgery one last time to reconstruct what cancer took away from her. Khim, you are a light and an inspiration. Your scars make you even stronger and more beautiful than you ever were before. Sending you so much love and praying for a smooth operation and recovery in the weeks ahead!
Khim shares her journey on her personal blog Flint & Honey. Head to this post and this one to see sweet baby Yuri and hear how God has moved in her life. Then, go back to the beginning here and read every post and prepare yourself for tears and laughter and hope.
After finishing up with these shots, we headed into downtown St. Augustine for some family photos. Aren’t they just the most beautiful family ever?! Seriously, ever.
I had the privilege of photographing all three children this past weekend and film scans should be in soon! Can’t wait to share all the goodness that is sweet baby Yuri!
When planning a baby shower for my sister, Sarah, we took inspiration from baby boy’s name. Morgan means “bright sea.” That coupled with Dad-to-be’s love of fishing, and we were all set on the theme.
We chose bright colors set against clean white to keep it modern and fresh. The invitation from Etsy seller, Olive & Star, inspired the color palette of navy, green, orange, gray, aqua, and white.
Our family and friends joined us for a comfortable, relaxing celebration at our home. We set up the crib and nursery art in the entry. This not only served as party decor, but also as a unique way to present Mom-to-be with her gifts. As guests entered the house, they placed presents inside the crib.
A menu board displayed, “The best catch of the day is on his way.” Party fare included chicken salad sandwiches that were made to look like crabs using red card stock and googly eyes glued to toothpicks and inserted into the croissants. For dessert, Sweet Treats by Jess created a yummy cake to coordinate with the invitations. I created a personalized 36×24 print using fishing poles from Etsy seller, LittleRedFoxeShoppe. I used photoshop to add the letters of Morgan’s name to the hooks for a one-of-a-kind backdrop above the cake table. The table also displayed the party favors with a sign that read, “It’s been reel fun, thank you!” Guests took home soaps individually packaged with a tag that read, “from Sarah’s shower to yours!”
During the party, guests were invited to personalize a bandana bib with paint and a tie-dye kit as a sweet and useful keepsake for baby boy. The hands-on activity was enjoyed by all ages! Balloons with colorful fish tied to the ends hung from the ceiling for a festive, under the sea look. Finally, our other sister, Kinsley, gifted the nursery glider so we set it up in the corner of the living room as a comfortable spot for Sarah to open her gifts during the party.
We loved coming together for a beautiful afternoon with family and friends to celebrate the upcoming arrival of baby Morgan! We are so excited for Sarah as she begins the journey into motherhood, and we can’t wait to meet our newest family member!