Sunday, March 21, 2010

Growing so fast!

This morning I got to play with Mr. Devin and Ms. Jocelyn at their house :) Last time I saw them Jocelyn was about 6 weeks old...and now she's 6 months old! I couldn't believe how much both of them have grown ! I also can't believe this weather, but hey, I suppose we do live in Michigan. I did a session outside on friday and then this morning it was freezing and there was snow on the ground! I have no problem just hanging out and playing at home though, and today was no exception. These photos were mostly for Jocelyn's 6 month shots, and its a good thing because big brother was so speedy he was hard to catch, this photographer loves a challenge though! Hope you enjoy these super cute kiddos :)

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I couldn't resist putting up some of these classic sibling shots ;)
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This shot of Jocelyn is similar to one we did when she was six weeks old...I love those big sparkly eyes
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We ventured downstairs for a little playtime...
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Little man is 6 months old!

Yesterday I met up with my friends Jodie and JaQuan and their little man Jayce. I couldn't believe how much Jayce has grown since his 3 month shoot! He was full of smiles when I got there, and then for about 5 minutes into the shoot haha, nonetheless we got some super cute shots of this little guy! It was so fun to be shooting outside again and to watch Jayce experience the playground for the first time. He wasn't so excited about all the texture experiences haha :) Thanks Jodie and Quan for letting me take these photos, enjoy!

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"take that auntie Merin!"
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Annnnd we're done...
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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made


Psalm 139: 14-16


14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

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~3 weeks ago my life changed. 3 weeks ago I experienced love in a whole new way. 3 weeks ago Rachel Lael Collins was born into the arms of Jesus where she entered our hearts... mine will never be the same. 3 weeks ago my friends Jeff and Sara shared their most precious gift with me, and I have never been so blessed.
Dear Rachel,
On the way to the hospital that morning I had no idea how my life would change. Never would I have dreamed that someone who never experienced life on earth could bring so much love. Your name means 'Innocent lamb of God," and that you are! Your mommy and daddy love you and were so proud to share you with your family. Your big brother Tyler couldn't get enough of holding you, and your sister Kayla kept saying how beautiful you are...she is right, you were incredible. Your sweet little toes, and those adorable hands I couldn't get enough of...you were fearfully and wonderfully made, so special that God kept you for himself :)
We new you were strong Rachel! You fought for 39 weeks, staying with your mommy, your mommy was so brave and you and her share a bond nobody can take. When your mommy asked me to take your picture I felt incredibly blessed to know that she wanted me to share this time with your family and to remember you. You were held in our arms all day, countless kisses, tears, as well as some laughter were shared and everyone in that hospital room felt God through you. I could never write enough to tell you how much February 27, 2010 changed me, how that day will always be a reminder of you, and how every time I am reminded of you I will remember God's plan and God's incredible gift of love through you.
6 days later we celebrated the 39 weeks that you fought for time with your mommy. We celebrated those weeks of excitement and hope you gave to each of us. We celebrated how perfect you are, what a gift you were, and what a blessing you will continue to be. Your mommy and daddy and family released 39 balloons at your graveside ceremony....it may have been the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. We had so much fun watching the wind take your balloons away until we couldn't see them anymore. There was unbelievable sunshine and blue skies that day, forever a reminder of you smiling down. Your mommy and daddy are still so proud of you and love sharing your story! You will forever be remembered, forever be loved, and forever be in our hearts. I love you Rachel! ~Erin

~here are the photos from the ceremony where Rachel's family released her balloons. 39 balloons, for 39 weeks of life. Each balloon carrying a message from a family member as well as contact information for her mom and dad to see where they traveled. This was one of the most beautiful moments I've ever experienced and I am forever changed.

I captured this moment between Rachel's Sister Kayla and cousin Megan during her ceremony...sweet innocence.
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One of the balloons escaped early :) Just couldn't wait to fly
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Tyler was so in awe, watching his sister's balloons fly!
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The best big sister I've ever met...so in love with you Rachel!
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